Occupant in Himmelstein's 'World'


NEW YORK -- Writer-director Peter Himmelstein's dark comedy "Peep World," a script selected for the 2004 Sundance Screenwriters and Filmmakers Lab, is coming to the big screen from production/financing outfit Occupant Films.

In "World," Occupant's third feature, a tense gathering for a father's 70th birthday party falls apart over the seedy family revelations unearthed in one of his children's novels, titled "Peep World." Production is slated to begin in the summer.

The project made its formal debut at the Sundance Institute Screenplay Reading Series, staged in New York in December 2004 with Jason Biggs, Shalom Harlow, Michelle Monaghan, Roy Scheider and Lili Taylor.

"World" marks Himmelstein's second directorial effort after his writing-directing debut, the insurance salesman thriller "The Key Man," also for Occupant. The company scored big at September's Toronto International Film Festival by selling the Weinstein Co. worldwide rights to its first film, the teen horror flick "All the Boys Love Mandy Lane," for $3.5 million.

Occupant, founded by producers Keith Calder, Felipe Marino and Joe Neurauter in August 2005, is in postproduction on "Man," which stars Jack Davenport, Hugo Weaving, Brian Cox and Judy Greer. Himmelstein's writing credits include the 2001 Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab entry "Beautiful, Baby," based on the life of baseball player Bo Belinsky.