Deadline is exclusively reporting that All Eyez On Me director Benny Boom has signed on for his next project, directing police thriller The Shave.
The Shave tells the story of a corrupt LAPD officer who was just exonerated in the murder of a black High School honour student. He visits the boy’s father at his barbershop to tell him his side of the story and listen to the father recount the story of his son’s life – while receiving a straight-razor shave.
The screenplay is written by Thomas White and Miles Hubley, which was named in the 2015 Black List, and the film be produced by Route One Entertainment CEO Russell Levine, Lost City President John Finemore and Maiden Voyage’s Chris and Eleanor Columbus. They will be producing on the project alongside Mason Novick and Michelle Knudsen from MXN Entertainment. Executive Producers on the project are Chris Lytton, Lost City’s James Hoppe and Elizabeth Grave. Sophia Dilley will serve as co-producer.
In a statement confirming the deal, Benny Boom said he was looking forward to be:
bringing a film with such social and cultural relevancy to life. It is an opportunity for us to examine the division between the police and communities of colour.
This news just comes after the release of the box office numbers from the weekend, where the Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez On Me, which Boom directed, made over $27m domestically in the US before it gets its worldwide release towards the end of the month. The premise behind The Shave sounds intriguing enough for me to check out, it’ll be interesting to see who will be cast in the roles.