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Rapper-turned-director RZA has signed on to helm the thriller Breakout for Amasia Entertainment.
The project reteams the company with RZA, who currently stars in Amasia’s film Mr. Right, which will make its world premiere as the closing night gala of the Toronto Film Festival.
Breakout centers on a young photographer falsely arrested in Bangladesh for drug trafficking. His prominent father enlists two old friends to help him break his son out of prison and uncover the truth.
Richard D’Ovidio wrote the screenplay based on a story he originated with Nicole D’Ovidio.
Breakout also marks Amasia’s second outing with Richard D’Ovidio, who wrote the company’s Halle Berry starrer The Call.
The film marks RZA’s third feature directorial project. He recently wrapped directing and is in postproduction on Lionsgate’s Coco, starring Azealia Banks, John David Washington, Hanna Mae Lee, Common and Jill Scott.
The project, which is being introduced to buyers at TIFF, is set to begin shooting in early 2016.
“The multi-talented RZA has mastered the art of music, acting and filmmaking,” Amasia principals Michael Helfant and Bradley Gallo said. “We are ecstatic to have him behind the camera on our next project as he brings a fresh and innovative take to this international action thriller from Rich D’Ovidio.”
RZA is repped by CAA and attorney Peter Nichols at Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman.
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