Written by Melissa Axelrod based on the TC Boyle novel of the same name and to be directed by Zwigoff, Budding Prospects is set in 1983 San Francisco. Three hapless city boys — Felix, Phil (Moore) and Gesh (Sasso) — move to the country to grow marijuana. Their expectations of the experience being a back-to-the-land, nurturing adventure in a beautiful rustic setting run up against the harsh truth upon their arrival at “The Summer Camp” – a miserably run-down shanty out in the middle of nowhere, where they are bedeviled by rats, snakes, mosquitoes, and harsh, unfriendly growing conditions, noisy neighbors, dangerous locals, and menacing law enforcement.
Moore’s Phil is Felix’s childhood pal, who’s less introspective than Felix, the manic to Felix’s “depressive.” Better looking, more cocky and more outgoing than Felix, he’s a little more secure in that he’s found his art, a successful niche within his peer group. He thinks of himself as mechanically inclined, but often takes things apart and can’t put them back together.
Zwigoff and Axelrod executive produce with Vincent Landay. Joanna Colbert is co-executive produce.
Actor-director Moore, known for his series regular role of Lucas Wahl on ABC’s Forever, currently recurs on Bones. As a director, Moore recently wrapped indie feature Youth in Oregon starring Christina Applegate, Frank Langella, Josh Lucas, and Billy Crudup. He is repped by Gersh and Management 360.