EXCLUSIVE: Parkes/MacDonald Productions and Condé Nast Entertainment have partnered on the drama feature See No Evil, an adaptation of a Wired magazine article published in April. Kurt Wimmer has been set to turn the article into a fictionalized drama based on Alfred Anaya, a car stereo installer in California who became in demand because of ability to design traps, or secret compartments that often are used to conceal everything from drugs to cash and weapons.
The article was written by Brendan I. Koerner and the film will be produced by Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald with Marc Resteghini exec producing. CNE’s Dawn Ostroff and Jeremy Steckler also will produce, in the latest deal for a movie and TV property based on product from the Condé Nast magazine stable. Wimmer, whose credits include Salt and Law Abiding Citizen, most recently scripted Point Break for Alcon, the remake that will star Gerard Butler, and the Charlize Theron starrer Agent 13 for Universal.
Once Anaya’s skill was discovered by the DEA, the feds tried to turn him as an informant. Terrified that informing on his clientele would put his family in danger, Anaya refused. He was arrested and charged as a conspirator in a drug ring that spanned from California to Kansas.
Parkes said the twists and turns of Anaya’s clash with DEA was a strong match for Wimmer in what he said was “this remarkable story of car hacking, drug smuggling, and what happens when you go toe-to-toe with the American justice system from written word to the big screen.”
Said Wimmer: “This is a film about how what might normally be considered crippling personal pathologies and neurosis can sometimes manifest themselves in surprising and constructive ways – particularly when people are trying to kill you. Apart from the people trying to kill you part, that’s the story of my life — I had to write it.”
The pic will be produced through Parkes/MacDonald Imagenation, the partnership between the producers and the Abu Dhabi Media Company formed in 2009 to buy material and fund development. CAA reps all the parties in the deal and CNE is lawyered by Ziffren Brittenham and Parkes/MacDonald by Wendy Heller Law.