EXCLUSIVE: Brett Morgen will direct When The Street Lights Go On, the Eddie O’Keefe & Chris Hutton Black List script that is being put together by Anonymous Content. The film is in the vein of Stand by Me, with a story that revolves around a teen boy who becomes obsessed with solving a murder case involving a young girl that has their sleepy suburban town in a panic in the summer of 1982. Steve Golin, Chad Hamilton and Michael Sugar will produce for Anonymous Content, with Paul Green exec producing with Tariq Merhab and the scribes.
Last I’d heard of this project, Drew Barrymore was eyeing it as a directing vehicle. Instead, it will mark the dramatic feature debut of Morgen, who helmed The Kid Stays in the Picture, the documentary based on the Robert Evans memoir. Morgen also directed the docu The Chicago 10. He is currently directing a feature documentary commemorating the 50th anniversary of The Rolling Stones. Morgen’s repped by WME and Anonymous Content and the scribes by WME and Tariq Merhab Management. The plan is to shoot next year.