Lionsgate Choices Quick Story ‘Lush’; ‘John Wick’ Franchise Filmmaker Chad Stahelski To Produce – .
Lionsgate picked up Lush, Duane Swierczynski’s comedic spy thriller short story that Chad Stahelski’s 87Eleven Entertainment will produce through his contract with the studio.
Swierczynski will customize his story as a feature; The play appeared in Best American Mystery Stories 2019, edited by Otto Penzler and Jonathan Lethem. Swierczynski is an award-winning prolific writer, comic book writer, and screenwriter. He is also a two-time Edgar Award nominee.
Stahelski said, “When I read Lush, I saw what a great film can be made of Duane’s short story. I’m excited to see the world we can develop for this new spy film. “
Swierczynski added, “One of my fondest memories is watching John Wick take a break from a mystery convention in Long Beach and get blown away. With this film, Chad Stahelski drew attention to action films that I couldn’t be thrilled to work with anymore and Lionsgate. ”
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Jason Spitz will also produce with Chris Goldberg as executive producer through his Winterlight Pictures. After serving as a literary scout for 20th Century Fox and EVP at Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8 for a decade, Goldberg recently founded Winterlight Pictures and has projects at Netflix, Universal, Amazon, Showtime, MGM, and others.
Says Goldberg, “The reason I started my company is to bring together writers and filmmakers who I love and admire. As soon as Duane introduced “Lush” to me, I knew it was perfect for Chad. I immediately had a feeling that he was going to get it. I couldn’t be more excited about this team. “
Aaron Janus is responsible for developing Lush for Lionsgate. Phil Strina negotiated the deal for the studio
Swierczynski will be represented by Peter Katz and McKuin Frankel Whitehead from Story Driven; Stahelski is represented by WME and attorney Tara Kole.