Bold Films is stepping into the YA ring with the acquisition of Patrick Carman’s 2010 novel 13 Days To Midnight. Combining themes of super powers, ancient conspiracies and growing into adulthood, the story is a dark morality tale centered on Jacob Fielding, a teenager who receives incredible power when his foster father whispers to him “you are indestructible.” That power however comes with a dark history that Jacob must discover to keep himself and his friends alive.
Bold Films is financing and will produce the feature film adaptation, and has tapped Mike Flanagan (Oculus) and Kate Siegel (Hush) to write the current draft of the script. An earlier draft was written by Ryan Engle (Non-Stop). Trevor Macy (Oculus, Safe House) developed the script and will produce for Intrepid Pictures. Bold Films chairman Michel Litvak (Whiplash, Nightcrawler) will produce for the company, with Bold CEO Gary Michael Walters executive producing along with Marc D. Evans. The deal was negotiated for Bold Films by SVP Business and Legal Affairs Karen Barna, and for Intrepid by Glenn D. Feig of Reder & Feig.
Patrick Carman is a New York Times best-selling children’s author with more than 30 titles to his name. In addition to Midnight, his other books being developed for film include: Floors, for Disney; Evermore, for Amblin; and Escape the Room, for Blumhouse and Universal. He’s repped by Susan Schulman. Engle is repped by Chris Sablan at Original Artists and Michael Lasker and Langley Perer at Mosaic; Flanagan is reppped by WME and Joel VanderKloot at Nelson Davis; Siegel is repped by TCA Jed Root, Industry Entertainment and Joel VanderKloot at Nelson Davis.
Principle photography has finished on the contemporary musical September 12th. From writer-director David Heinz, the film is set in the days immediately after 9/11 and follows two strangers stranded in Los Angeles who make their way back to New York City via road trip. Along the way, they experience firsthand the various communities nationwide. Folk musicians Joe Purdy and Amber Rubarth star as the leads. Joining them are Bruce Beatty, Elizabeth Dennehy, Scott Rodgers and David Fine, and newcomers Miranda Hill and Emma Thatcher.
Filmed in 14 states over four weeks, September 12th is produced by Matt Miller through his Vanishing Angle production outfit, along with Fiona Walsh and Samantha Sanders. Singer-songwriter Joe Purdy’s music has been featured on numerous film and television soundtracks including Lost, House M.D., and Grey’s Anatomy. Amber Rubarth was recently awarded the Grand Prize in NPR’s Mountain Stage New Song contest for songwriting and performance. September 12th is industry veteran David Heinz’s feature debut; he’s repped by Craig Mizrahi at Innovative.