Overture, Echo 'Rising'


Overture Films is partnering with Echo Lake Prods. to produce "105 Degrees and Rising," a film set against the backdrop of the fall of Saigon in 1975.

Jon Amiel ("Copycat," "Entrapment") is attached to direct from a script by William M. Akers.

The story weaves together several arcs as the characters struggle to escape South Vietnam during the final days of the U.S. control over the former capital city, culminating with the dramatic evacuation of the last Americans and many South Vietnamese via helicopter from the roof of the American embassy.

The film's title is based on a secret code broadcast on Armed Forces Radio. The announcement that "the temperature is 105 degrees and rising," followed by eight bars of Bing Crosby's "White Christmas," meant all U.S. citizens should immediately evacuate Saigon.

There is no cast attached yet.

Echo Lake's Doug Mankoff, Mike Marcus and Andy Spaulding are producing alongside Rob Cowan. Echo Lake developed the project with Amiel and brought it to Overture, where it is the first production to be developed by the new company under the leadership of Chris McGurk and Danny Rosett.

"We've wanted to bring this powerful story to the screen since Chris and I started Overture Films," Rosett said. "It fits within our mission: to give artists the tools and the freedom to make entertaining, quality films. With Doug Mankoff and everyone at Echo Lake, we found a company equally passionate about that philosophy."

Earlier this year, Overture made its first acquisition, picking up all U.S. rights to "Ferris Wheel," a drama about a young girl's search for parental love, starring Charlize Theron.