Harold Greenberg Fund announces latest script development projects

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Troy Nixey’s Super Pulp! and Baseballisimo from Jay Baruchel and Jesse Chabot are among the projects selected in the latest round of funding for the Harold Greenberg Fund’s Script Development Program.

This round, the fund is supporting 33 new and ongoing projects through the program.

Comic book writer and illustrator Nixey, who was recently selected by Guillermo del Toro to direct his feature film debut Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, will direct Super Pulp!.

The script from producer Dave Valleau is at first draft stage.

Baseballisimo, from Jay Baruchel and co-writer Jesse Chabot, is a cross-cultural baseball comedy based on the novel by Dave Bidini. Bidini and Rush’s Geddy Lee will executive produce, with David  Miller producing.

Novels by Kenneth Oppel and Joseph Boyden were also approved for story optioning. Oppel will write the script for his novel, Airborn, to be produced by DHX Media’s Michael Donovan, and Tina Keeper and Liz Jarvis of Kistikan Pictures will produce Boyden’s Giller Prize-winning Through Black Spruce.

200 Days, written by Marcus Robinson and produced by Ilana Frank and David Wellington, and We Go Lights & Sirens, written by Zoe Whittal and Lisa Foad and produced by Avi Federgreen, were both selected for treatment to first draft.

And Cas & Dylan, directed by Jason Priestley from Montefiore Films will receive polish and packaging.

The Script Development Program was created to assist in development of Canadian film scripts, and receives a yearly contribution of $1.3 million from Astral’s The Movie Network.

For a full list of selected projects, click here.

Image courtsey A71 Productions

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