Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Popular Films sets up "Hurricane"

Our pal Sean Sorensen from Popular Films just sent us this story from Variety. For those not in the know, Popular Films is a working production company that also, in partnership with Coverage, Ink, provides world-class screenplay development & mentoring services. For more on them, click HERE to read an in-depth interview with Popular Films' Tim Albaugh and Sean Sorensen.

'Hurricane' hits HBO
Project explores post-Katrina triumph
HBO has bought "Hurricane Season," a project about a football team's unlikely triumph in post-Katrina New Orleans.

Pay net is developing a movie from the Neal Thompson book, which is due out this summer.

"Season" centers on the John Curtis Christian School football team, which in the fall of 2005 overcame poverty, homelessness and other hardships to win the state championship.

George Tillman and Robert Teitel will executive produce through their State Street Pictures shingle ("Barbershop"). Marty Adelstein and Scott Nemes will exec produce via their Adelstein Prods. banner ("Prison Break," "Black Christmas"). Sean Sorensen is attached as co-exec producer.

John Romano ("American Dreams," "American Pastoral") is attached to write.

Nemes described the project as "an inspirational story about a ravaged community."

HBO has been partial to Katrina stories, airing the Spike Lee docu "When the Levees Broke," which told the tale of ordinary Louisianans.

It also has put into development "Disaster," a nonfiction tale based on a book by Wall Street Journal reporters Christopher Cooper and Robert Block and attached "Frontline" exec producer David Fanning to produce.
Great work, Sean!

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