Barry Levinson to helm 'Brother Jack'
Director will also co-produce story of activist Jack HealeyBarry Levinson has been attached to direct Sony's "Brother Jack," the story of human rights activist Jack Healey, who will produce along with Mosaic.
Harley Peyton has written the screenplay, which is getting a rewrite from Kelly Masterson, about Healey, who left the priesthood to live on the streets where he raised issues regarding human rights.
Healey currently heads the Human Rights Action Center, a non-profit based out of Washington, D.C. that uses the arts and new technologies to stop human rights abuses. He's campaigned to spread awareness of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, restore Aung San Suu Kyi to power in Burma, and to assist victims in protecting themselves.
Levinson most recently helmed another true-life story, that of Dr. Jack Kevorkian, in HBO's "You Don't Know Jack," which earned 15 Emmy nominations today, including outstanding made for television movie.
Columbia Pictures presidents Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach announced Levinson's involvement. "Barry Levinson is one of the industry's most thoughtful, accomplished and acclaimed directors. His work chronicling the life of Dr. Jack Kevorkian was brilliant and we think his take on how one social activist can influence a nation will be equally engaging and compelling," Belgrad said.
Belgrad and Jonathan Kadin will oversee for the studio. David Householter will oversee on behalf of Mosaic along with George Gatins.
Levinson and Masterson are repped by ICM.