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Monday, February 13, 2017
BRON STUDIOS ON BOARD TO PRODUCE AND FINANCE "FONZO"
ACADEMY AWARD® NOMINEE TOM HARDY STARS AS AL CAPONE
JOSH TRANK DIRECTS FROM HIS ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Berlin, Feb 13, 2017–– Bron Studios in association with Creative Wealth Media has come aboard to produce and finance FONZO, starring Academy Award® nominee Tom Hardy (The Revenant, Mad Max: Fury Road and upcoming Dunkirk) as the infamous Al Capone.
Written and to be directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle), FONZO will be produced by Bron’s Aaron L. Gilbert (Fences, Beatriz at Dinner, The Birth of a Nation); Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder (TAU) for Addictive Pictures and Academy Award® nominee Lawrence Bender (Inglorious Basterds, Good Will Hunting, Pulp Fiction) for A Band Apart. The executive producers are Creative Wealth’s Jason Cloth and Andy Pollack.
FONZO, a project Trank initiated, will begin prep this summer with a fall shoot scheduled. BLOOM is handling international sales. CAA and WME Global, which arranged financing and packaged the film, are handling North American rights.
A ruthless businessman and bootlegger who ruled Chicago with an iron fist, Alfonse Capone was the most infamous and feared gangster of American lore. At the age of 47, following nearly a decade of imprisonment, dementia rots Alfonse’s mind and his past becomes present as harrowing memories of his violent and brutal origins melt into his waking life.
“I love the script and have full confidence in our director, Josh Trank,” said Gilbert. “With great partners in A Band Apart and Addictive; and one of the greatest actors of our time in Tom Hardy; I couldn’t be more thrilled about this group coming together.”
FONZO is the next project from writer/director Josh Trank who burst onto the scene with Chronicle. Tom Hardy will next star in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk marking his third film collaboration with the director and Taboo, a new 8-part TV series produced by Ridley Scott. Trank is represented by Management 360, WME, and Mitch Smelkinson.
About BRON STUDIOS
Bron Studios, co-founded by Aaron L. Gilbert and Brenda Gilbert in 2010, is a British Columbia-- based producer of original live-action motion pictures and series television. The company has produced over 25 feature films since its founding; working with new voices and established talents both in front of and behind the camera. Recent Bron productions include; FENCES, a co-production with Paramount Pictures, directed by and starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis; Jason Reitman’s TULLY starring Charlize Theron; MONSTER starring A$AP Rocky, Nas, Jeffrey Wright, Jennifer Hudson, Kelvin Harrison Jr.; THE BIRTH OF A NATION, starring Nate Parker and Armie Hammer (Fox Searchlight); SPECIAL CORRESPONDENTS, starring Ricky Gervais and Eric Bana (Netflix); I SAW THE LIGHT, starring Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen (Sony Pictures Classics); INTO THE FOREST, starring Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood (A24);and UNA, starring Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn.
BLOOM is a sales, production and financing outfit. The company represents and curates a diversified slate of films ranging from commercial, talent-driven, wide release movies, to specialty films from proven and trusted filmmakers, all the while keeping an eye towards fresh and emerging talent.
BLOOM will also be introducing Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn’s Dragged Across Concrete written and directed by S. Craig Zahler and Woody Harrelson’s Lost in London in Berlin. Its diversified slate includes: Josh Trank’s Fonzo starring Tom Hardy; Scott Cooper’s Hostiles starring Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike; Federico D’ Alessandro’s Tau starring Maika Monroe and Ed Skrein; Paul Weitz’s Bel Canto starring Julianne Moore and Ken Watanabe; Danny Strong’s Rebel in the Rye starring Nicholas Hoult; George Clooney’s Suburbicon starring Matt Damon and Julianne Moore; and Kate and Laura Mulleavy’s Woodshock starring Kirsten Dunst.