Lucas Heyne’s feature directing debut Mope will have its world premiere later this month in the Midnight section of the Sundance Film Festival. Deadline has the first look at the movie co-written by Zack Newkirk and Heyne and produced by Parkside Pictures in association with Saxton Cinema & Uncooperative Pictures.
The drama is based on the true story of a real-life murder in 2010 at a San Fernando Valley porn company. That’s where Stephen Clancy Hill, a mope (slang for a wannabe porn star), who was living in the company’s warehouse at the time, went on a rampage with a sword when he was told he was fired. He eventually killed his friend and fellow mope Herbert Wong, who tried to intervene when Hill was attacking two others. Hill was killed in a standoff with police five days later.
Mope is the tragic true story of the best friends Hill (porn name: Steve Driver) and Wong (porn name: Tom Dong), who sought fame but gained infamy. Nathan Stewart-Jarrett plays Hill and Kelly Sry plays Wong. Brian Huskey, Max Adler, Tonya Cornelisse, Clayton Rohner, Michael Traynor and David Arquette also star. The clip features Stewart-Jarrett and Sry getting pointed pointers from a porn director (played by Huskey) on the set of a shoot.
Kelly Hayes, Danny Roth, Kern Saxton, BP Cooper, Dylan Vox and Elena Cristiean are producers.
The film bows January 27 at the Egyptian Theatre in Park City, where XYZ Films’ Nate Bolotin and Pip Ngo are handling sales. Sundance runs January 24-February 3.
Check out the clip above.