The long-gestating movie about Hope Stout got a boost this month: Diana Ossana, who co-wrote the Oscar-winning script for "Brokeback Mountain" with Larry McMurtry, has signed on to adapt the story of the 12-year-old from Weddington who died of cancer in 2004. When the Make-a-Wish Foundation asked for a last wish, she bequeathed hers to all 155 kids on the waiting list; by year's end, each had been granted a request.
Fixed Point Films' Jonah Hirsch and Shining Star Productions' Stuart Stout had earlier signed an agreement to produce a feature based on the book "Hope's Wish," written by Stuart and Shelby Stout (her parents). Executive producers on the film are McMurtry, Ossana, Stuart Stout, Bert Hesse and Stephen Bridgewater.
"(The book) reminded me of the innocence of children and their refusal to accept the limits of what adults consider possible," said Ossana, who also wrote the 2008 miniseries "Comanche Moon" with McMurtry. She'll start on the script this fall, and the producers hope to shoot in late 2012.
Fixed Point Films is an independent L.A. production company whose recent credits include "Main Street," with Colin Firth and Orlando Bloom, and "Passion Play," with Mickey Rourke and Megan Fox.
'Fear of a Black Republican'
The documentary feature "Fear of a Black Republican" will have its N.C. premiere June 25 at Duke Energy Theatre in Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. The screening starts at 1 p.m., and a Q&A with director Kevin Williams will follow. Tickets are $20 at the door or in advance at www.blumenthalarts.org.
Williams filmed and edited his movie over six years, as he tried to figure out why there are so few black Republicans and how this affects the U.S. political system. From the Civil War up to Franklin Roosevelt's presidency, the GOP was the party for African-Americans; today, barely 10 percent of blacks consider themselves Republican.
Williams started in his home town of Trenton, N.J., speaking with members on all sides of the political spectrum. (He's a Republican himself.) He interviewed people ranging from professor/activist Cornel West to Edward Brooke of Massachusetts, the only black Republican senator elected by the public since Reconstruction.
Says Williams, "(I intended) to find out if our political system supports the decaying of urban America, (and) what if anything can be done about it."
More info: www.fearofa blackrepublican.com .