Giancarlo Esposito Will Direct & Play Frederick Douglass In John Brown Feature Film Starring Ed Harris

Over a year ago, in an exclusive S&A interview with Giancarlo Esposito regarding his work on RevolutionBreaking Bad, his craft and more, the actor revealed to us that he was developing a project on abolitionist John Brown that he would direct, adding that he would like to make it a miniseries for cable TV.  Skip ahead to recent news that Esposito has made progress on the project, which is now titled Patriotic Treason, and has attracted the acting talents of Ed Harris to star as Brown.

Based on the book Patriotic Treason: John Brown and the Soul of America by Evan Carton, the project will not be a miniseries as Esposito originally told us he would prefer, but a feature film, which writer Jose Rivera (Motorcycle DiariesOn The Road) will adapt, with Esposito also co-starring, playing Frederick Douglass.   The film will be produced by Spectrum Films, Esposito and Act 4, with a summer 2014 shoot planned.

This is the second John Brown project announced this year. It was in July when it was revealed that another actor, Paul Giamatti, had partnered with FX to develop a mini-series on John Brown, which will trace “the true story of the abolitionist’s transformation from a lowly 50-year old farmer to a notorious anti-slavery freedom fighter in Kansas and his famed 1859 raid on Harper’s Ferry.”  The project, itself also based on a book, Midnight Rising by Tony Horwitz, and which is expected to be 6 to 8 hours in length, is part of a two-year first-look deal Giamatti and partner Daniel Carey’s Touchy Feely Films are under with FX Productions.  Gabriel Range is adapting Horwitz’s book.

article by Tambay A. Obenson via ShadowAndAct

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