Wood sets up noir 'Angel'


Elijah Wood is making his first foray into producing, teaming with Anthony Moody and Rob Malkani's Indalo Prods. to bring to the big screen an adaptation of Elliott Chaze's legendary noir novel "Black Wings Has My Angel."

The script is being penned by Barry Gifford ("Wild at Heart," "Lost Highway") and writer-producer-director Christopher Peditto.

Chaze was a newspaperman and columnist in Mississippi who wrote books on the side. "Angel," published in 1953, is considered one of the shining lights of the Fawcett Gold Medal paperback line and a pulp classic.

The story centers on an antihero, an ex-convict, who stages a daring armed car robbery in Colorado with the help of a call girl whom he picked up in a backwoods Mississippi motel.

The book was out of print for about 50 years and Peditto spent 10 years chasing down and securing the film rights.

"It's the material," said Wood, summing up why he decided to dip his foot into producing waters. "I've always been intrigued by noir novels and noir films. I love that style. And to unearth something from that era that hasn't been made into a film or is not a remake is really exciting. It's a lost classic."

"Angel" reunites Wood with Indalo, the producers behind his recent "Day Zero," which is set to have its world premiere this month at the Tribeca Film Festival. That experience also helped in his decision to become a producer.

"It's an easy way to cut your teeth when you're going it with someone you're familiar with," he said.

The film is set to lens this year, with MBS Prods. and Amaranth also on board to produce. Wood does not plan to star in the picture, whose casting will get under way shortly.

Wood recently wrapped production on the crime thriller "The Oxford Murders" in London and is lending his voice to the Shane Acker animated film "9." Additionally, he recently started his own record label, Simian Records, signing indie rock bands Apples in Stereo and Heloise and the Savoir Faire.

Wood is repped by WMA and Stone, Meyer & Genow.