EXCLUSIVE: British filmmaker Tony Kaye has boarded the civil rights feature drama Civil.
Written by Austin Wright and Adam Knox, Civil follows two young men from opposite sides of the racial divide in the months leading up to the movement in 1955, who discover the real meaning of equality, through the ashes of tragedy.
Tina Treadwell, former VP of Disney Channel and current president of Treadwell Entertainment Group, is producing with Dru Davis (who recently produced the Netflix Aaron Sorkin feature The Trial of the Chicago 7)
as well as Treadwell’s Kim R Coleman, Joshua Uduma, Wright and Knox. Civil
is a Treadwell Entertainment Group & Artistic Fortune Entertainment. The movie is planning to shoot early next year.
Treadwell’s Coleman is also co-manager of Wright and Knox.
Kaye is a six-time Grammy nominated music video director whose credits include Soul Asylum’s “Runaway Train”, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Dani California”, Roger Waters’ “What God Wants” and “Help Me” as well as Johnny Cash’s “God’s Gonna Cut You Down”. The 1998 New Line drama American History X starring Edward Norton as a former neo-nazi skinhead who tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did; earned him a Best Actor Oscar nomination. Kaye’s feature credits include the 2006 abortion debate documentary Lake of Fire which made its world premiere at TIFF that year and was nominated at the Independent Spirit Awards, as well as the 2011 feature Detachment starring Adrien Brody, Marcia Gay Harden, James Caan, Lucy Liu, Blythe Danner and Bryan Cranston.
Kaye is repped by Untitled Entertainment and U.S. Law Group.