Cooper’s Town Productions, topped by Philip Seymour Hoffman and Emily Ziff, is developing a handful of projects, including The Well, set to star veterans Guy Pearce and Mary-Louise Parker, and the Hoffman-starrer Mr. Crumpacker and the Man From the Letter, according to Variety. The announcement was made during Hoffman and Ziff’s time promoting Jack Goes Boating at Sundance.
The Well, a psychological thriller, will be the debut for writer and director Tim Guinee. He is best known for appearing in a ridiculous amount of television series for a few episodes and a number of feature films, including the Sundance film Cyrus. The film “revolves around a well-to-do Manhattan couple whose obsessive pursuit of salvation ultimately leads to destruction.”
For the full descriptions of the comedy Mr. Crumpacker, an untitled film based on racial tensions in sports in the 1960s, and a movie about a husband and father in Brooklyn that builds a farm out of his urban backyard, hit the jump.
Mr. Crumpacker and the Man From the Letter is a comedy by Kazuo Ohno (not to be confused with the 103-year-old dancer). Hoffman and Ohno had filmed two shorts based on the same story for Sundance Filmmakers Lab and Hoffman will shop the film for a financer. Mr. Crumpacker is “an overbearing boss who decides to go in search of the meaning of life, even though he lacks any capacity for introspection.”
Also announced was a sports drama project based around the Dean Colvard novel Mixed Emotions, about the civil rights movement within the Mississippi State University basketball program in the 1960s. The novel follows Colvard, then president of MSU, and his conflicted stance when he abolished the rule prohibiting him from playing racially integrated teams. Guinee and Sweetland writer and director Ali Selim are set to adapt.
Finally, we have The Farm, a tale about a father (Manny Howard) who reinvigorates his life and marriage when he creates a functioning farm out of his backyard in Brooklyn. The yarn is based on Howard’s New York Magazine cover story, which he is developing into a novel. Writer and director Donal Lardner Ward is set to adapt.