EXCLUSIVE: Black Bear Pictures has stepped up to finance production of Gold, a script by Patrick Massett & John Zinman that is based on a true story about the 1993 Bre-X Mineral Corporation mining scandal in which vast amounts of gold were reportedly discovered in the Indonesian jungle. Black Bear’s Teddy Schwarzman will produce alongside Paul Haggis and Michael Nozik under their Hwy61 production banner. Massett and Zinman will also produce.
After launching last year, Black Bear produced the Allen Hughes-directed Broken City with Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta Jones; At Any Price, the Ramin Bahrani-directed drama that stars Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron; Adult Children Of Divorce with Adam Scott, Richard Jenkins, Amy Poehler, Jessica Alba and Jane Lynch; and the J.C. Chandor-directed All Is Lost with Robert Redford starring. Black Bear recently acquired the Graham Moore Black List script The Imitation Game, based on the tragic tale of heroic British WWII code cracker Alan Turing, who was later prosecuted for homosexuality.
Massett and Zinman, the writers and co-exec producers of Friday Night Lights, are represented by CAA, Industry and attorney Adam Kaller. CAA, which reps Hwy61 as well, will rep domestic distribution.