Lionsgate and Deon Taylor Team Back Up For Free Agents.
Lionsgate acquires Black and Blue director, Deon Taylor’s next project, Free Agents.
This isn’t the first time Lionsgate and Deon Taylor have worked together. Prior to Free Agents, the studio acquired Taylor’s psychological thriller Fatale, which starred Michael Ealy and Hilary Swank.
Free Agents is a crime drama set in the world of professional athletes. The film centers on pro football players turn to crime after being exploited by their football team owners who underpay them. The film is said to be in the vein of Heat and The Town,
Taylor is directing this latest project and he also co-wrote the script along with Joe Bockol. Also, Taylor will produce it with Roxanne Taylor under their Hidden Empire banner. Brady Fujikawa will oversee the project for Lionsgate.
Taylor’s film Black and Blue is out this weekend via Sony’s Screen Gems. Starring Naomie Harris, Frank Grillo, Tyrese Gibson and Mike Colter, the thriller follows a rookie African American female cop who stumbles upon corrupt officers who are murdering a criminal, an incident captured by her body cam.
Earlier this year, Screen Gems released Taylor’s The Intruder, starring Dennis Quaid, Ealy and Meagan Good. The thriller performed solidly, raking in $11 million on opening weekend with a production budget of $8 million. Lionsgate also released another one of Taylor thriller, Traffik. The director’s other credits include Meet the Blacks 2: The House Next Door, starring Mike Epps and Katt Williams, and Meet the Blacks, a film he wrote, directed, produced and distributed independently.
Brady Fujikawa at Lionsgate will oversee Free Agents.