EXCLUSIVE– Sony has brought John Lesher and Megan Ellison on-board to produce their feature adaptation of The Seven Five, the Tiller Russell-directed and Eli Holzman-produced documentary about one of the most corrupt police forces in 1980s New York. Deadline first broke the news in December that Sony had won a competitive auction for the doc rights, described as the cop version of Goodfellas.
The story focuses on Michael Dowd, who was arrested in 1992 arrest for leading a ring of dirty cops for the best part of eight years between 1986-1992. Their crimes included theft, abuse and drug dealing. Dowd’s case exposed widespread corruption in the NYPD and sent him to prison for 14 years. Holzman produced the docu with Stephen Lambert, and Aaron Saidman from All3Media America, along with Sheldon Yellen. ICM Partners repped the docu in the deal.
Eli Holzman will also produce the feature.
Lesher and Ellison, and their respective companies Le Grisbi Productions and Annapurna, along with Holzman will now oversee the recruitment of the creative team on the project, which is already shaping up as a formidable heavyweight contender, for Sony production president Michael De Luca.
Both Lesher and Ellison, known for their taste, have awards season contenders with Birdman and Foxcatcher respectively.