Lionsgate Million Dollar Heist Thriller Pitch Black Collar William N. Collage Kenya Barris – Deadline
EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate won an auction, paying more than $ 1 million and less than $ 2 million for Black Collar, a thriller pitch written by William N. Collage and produced by Kenya Barris through his Khalabo Ink Society banner. Lionsgate took it off the table as the bidders circled. It’s one of the biggest pitch deals of the year.
Specific plot under lock and key, but this is a global, suspenseful, action-heist-adventure set to evoke hits like The Thomas Crown Affair and Inside Man, but with a fresh contemporary approach to topical subjects. Collage scripted Emancipation that became a $ 4 million spec script that was sold to Apple for a film currently in production, starring Will Smith and directed by Antoine Fuqua. Collage also wrote Exodus, Assassin’s Creed, the latter part of Divergent, and the ABC series Of Kings and Prophets among its credits. Collage is exec-producing.
Barris’ Khalabo Ink Society continues to expand, with an Audible podcast deal and the launch of Interscope-based Khalabo Music. Barris co-wrote and directed a film with Jonah Hill. starring Hill; He is writing, directing and producing a film about comic icon Richard Pryor, has an animated film inspired by the songs and music of Bob Marley, and is working on a remake of White Men Can’t Jump. He also wrote Blood Brothers, a documentary about the friendship between Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali, which Netflix released on September 9th.
Lionsgate’s James Myers will be in charge and the deal was negotiated by Lionsgate’s Robert Melnik. Barris and Collage are represented by CAA who wrapped the deal. Barris is managed by Artists First and led by Gregg Gellman, and Collage is managed by Cliff Roberts of Syndicate – who is the producer of Black Collar – and his attorney is Jeff Frankel.