EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures and Will Packer Productions have acquired rights to 3-1-2, a script from writer Ike Smith about the diverse journeys of hopeful millennials as they seek their true potential while surviving the extreme violence of inner-city Chicago, the 3-1-2. The acquisition was made via the filmmaker’s Will Packer Productions, which has a deal at the studio. The project will be produced by Packer and his head of motion pictures James F. Lopez.
Smith is native of Chicago’s West Side and a recent Academy Nicholl Fellowship semifinalist. He was born and raised in the 15th district neighborhood of South Austin near “L-Block,” the area with the highest homicide-related incidents in Chicago. He currently serves as an unofficial gang intervention liaison on Chicago’s West and South Sides. The title of his screenplay comes from the area code of Chicago proper.
Packer, of course is one of Hollywood’s biggest filmmakers who has seen eight of his films open to No. 1 at the box office. Those include Ride Along and Ride Along 2, No Good Deed, Think Like A Man and Think Like A Man Too, and Stomp The Yard. He also was an executive producer of the critically acclaimed (and No. 1 again) Straight Outta Compton.
His upcoming comedy Girl’s Trip, directed by Malcolm D. Lee and starring Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Regina Hall, will be released July 21.
Packer is repped by CAA and Ziffren Brittenham. Smith is repped by Original Artists.