Jason Keller Sets Directorial Debut with 'La Sombra' Gang Drama

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The 'Ford v Ferrari' co-writer will helm the Puerto Rico-set drama for Sherbourne Media and Paprika Financing.

Ford v Ferrari co-writer Jason Keller will make his directorial debut helming the feature film La Sombra (The Shadow) for Sherborne Media Finance and Paprika Financing.

Keller will direct the crime drama from his own original screenplay as the island of Puerto Rico becomes a battleground and one man takes on a powerful local gang after his brother is kidnapped.  Pimienta Film Company’s Luillo Ruiz and Sherborne Media Finance’s Gary Raskin and Alastair Burlingham will produce the pic with Robbie Brenner.

La Sombra will begin shooting in Puerto Rico in spring 2021. Casting for the lead roles is underway.

"La Sombra is a powerful, emotionally resonate story about family set within a thrilling action movie. When I first read it, I loved it, and when Jason walked me through his ideas for how he would direct the movie I couldn’t say yes fast enough. We’re very excited about this project and see it as the start of a smart, elevated action franchise with big, international appeal," Gary Raskin said in a statement.

Besides the Oscar-nominated Ford v Ferrari, Keller’s upcoming credits include writing The Paladin, based on the novel by Brian Garfield, and with Anthony Mandler attached to direct.
His previous credits include writing Escape Plan, starring Sylvester Stallone, Machine Gun Preacher, with Gerard Butler and Marc Forester directing, and Mirror Mirror, starring Julia Roberts.

He was an executive producer on 20th Century Fox’s A Good Day to Die Hard.

Keller is repped by Guymon Casady at Management 360 and attorney Carlos Goodman.