'Brooklyn' heights for Overture, Shepard
Project based on 1997 Israeli film was titled '92 Minutes'Richard Shepard has signed to helm Overture Films' dark comedy "The Angriest Man in Brooklyn."
The project, originally titled "92 Minutes" and based on a 1997 Israeli film, explores how a New York City man uses the last hour and a half of life he's been told he has left. Daniel Taplitz adapted the screenplay from writer-director Assi Dayan's original "Mar Baum."
Bob Cooper's Landscape Entertainment is producing the film with Daniel Walker of Force Majeure. Exec Lauren Kisilevsky is overseeing the project for Overture.
"I love multi-toned films, and this is an extremely smart, unique and funny story," Shepard said. "It is also very emotional, without an ounce of undue sentimentality."
Shepard, repped by Gersh and Industry Entertainment, wrote and directed "The Matador" and "The Hunting Party." He also directed the pilots for "Criminal Minds," "In the Motherhood" and "Ugly Betty," for which he won an Emmy.
Shepard's documentary about the late "Godfather" and "Deer Hunter" star John Cazale, "I Knew It Was You," premiered at Sundance in January and will air on HBO next year.