'Turkey' time for Zobel, Plum


NEW YORK -- On the same day that "Great World of Sound" earned a surprising three Gotham nominations, producer Plum Pictures said that it has signed on for another movie with "Sound" director Craig Zobel.

The New York-based shingle will produce "Turkey in the Straw," a dark comedy set in the South. The film revolves around a race for county commissioner in a small town that takes an unexpected turn when one candidate shoots the other.

Zobel will helm from his own script, which he co-wrote with Barlow Jacobs ("Low and Behold"). Shooting is expected to begin early next year in South Carolina.

Kim Jose's new production banner Elephant Eye will produce with Plum. David Gordon Green, who produced "Sound," also is expected to come on in the same capacity.

"Sound" was made for about $60,000 with a little-known cast, but Zobel's next project is expected to include more A-list stars.

Plum has been highly active of late, signing on for the Matthew Broderick-starrer "Diminished Capacity," an adaptation of "The Bell Jar" starring Julia Stiles and an English-language version of Michael Haneke's critical favorite "Cache."