Producer Scott LaStaiti is partnering with Alex Garcia’s AG Capital to tell the real-life story of Stephen Flatow, the New Jersey-based lawyer whose daughter Alisa was killed by terrorists in a 1995 suicide bombing. After winning a historic judgment against his daughter’s killers, Flatow uncovered an international conspiracy exposing corruption within the world’s banking system and captured the imaginations of the public worldwide.
LaStaiti acquired the exclusive life rights to the story and will produce the feature film alongside Alex Garcia and Laura Walker of AG Capital, who will fully finance the picture. Producers are in talks with writers and directors. LaStaiti along with Gregory Bailey recently launched Palantir Group Inc, an entertainment fund established to acquire and develop high profile intellectual property for film and television.
LaStaiti has also acquired the rights to Flatow’s manuscript, which has strong interest at several major NY publishing houses. Flatow’s story has been documented with stories in The New York Times and an appearance on “60 Minutes.”
Garcia, Latin America’s biggest indie film producer-financier, launched AG Capital at Cannes last year. The equity-backed fund will fully finance films in the $5 million-$25 million range and co-produce films above $25 million and operate in a similar high-end space to Megan Ellison’s Annapurna and Molly Smith’s Black Label Media.
The company’s slate includes 1980s-set indie Cruise, about a young Italian-American (Spencer Boldman) from the wrong side of the tracks who falls for a Jewish girl (Emily Ratajkowski) from Long Island.