Here’s some great news – Kevin Costner is set to reteam with writer/director Mike Binder for Black And White. The independent drama, which is set to shoot in New Orleans this summer, will also star Octavia Spencer. Costner’s Treehouse Productions and Binder’s Sunlight Productions will produce.
Here’s the dope from Variety:
“Binder is directing from his own script, focusing on an attorney (Costner) who is widowed after the car crash death of his wife and finds himself embroiled in a custody battle over his biracial granddaughter. Spencer will portray the grandmother of the child.”
Why should you be excited by this? Well, Binder and Costner last worked together on the great comedy/drama The Upside Of Anger (you should check it out!). I hope that I don’t have to explain Costner’s genius (it has been a focus of…er…Movies In Focus from the start), but Binder has also had a fantastic career, which has gone under the radar – despite having worked with some very big stars – Binder has a great touch with actors, having directed the likes of Adam Sandler in Reign Over Me and Ben Affleck in Man About Town. You should also check out the wonderful Indian Summer.
I’ve interviewed both Binder (here) and Costner (a here) and they’re both very intelligent men, who love movies – and I expect to see this brought to the screen in Black And White.
IM Global will represent the international rights and the company will launch sales in Cannes. Here’s what IM Global CEO Stuart Ford had to say:
“We’re delighted to come onboard such a powerful, compelling project with the Costner/Binder team that memorably brought us ‘The Upside of Anger. Kevin’s recent critical achievements as both an actor and producer with ‘Hatfields & McCoys’ give the project added momentum.”
More as it comes in on this one.