Published On: Wed, Feb 18th, 2015

Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8 Purchases Spec on Drug War Film ‘White Boy Rick’

Studio 8 Bought two spec scripts in one week

Jeff Robinov

Studio 8, owned by Jeff Robinov, has bought a spec script by Logan and Noah Miller called White Boy Rick, about a youngster who was groomed by the law enforcement and then became one of their biggest targets.

White Boy Rick is based on the life of Richard Wershe Jr. who, in the 1980s while still in junior high, became an informant in the drug war for law enforcement, and later became a drug dealer himself, according to Deadline Hollywood. When he was caught at the age of 17 with 17 pounds of cocaine, he was sentenced to life imprison without parole. The film explores the implications of the drug war and questions of justice surrounding the continued confinement of a man whose childhood was pre-empted by the war on drugs only to become an active player and a casualty.

The subject of Wershe will also be treated in by a Universal Pictures project involving the company Bluegrass. Logan and Noah Miller also wrote Sweetwater, which premiered at Sundance in 2013. This has been a busy week for Studio 8, which acquired a pitch for a film called The Shoe, written by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, who wrote Still Alice, which might win an award for star Julianne Moore for her portrayal of a linguistics professor who suffers from the onset of Alzheimers.

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