Chernin Entertainment Developing Boxing Pic ‘Tomato Can’ From Writer Michael Brandt; Jamie Foxx’s Foxxhole To Produce

EXCLUSIVE: Chernin Entertainment has launched development on Tomato Can, a new boxing film scripted by Michael Brandt (3:10 to Yuma), from his and Jamie Foxx’s original idea.

Details as to the plot of the film are under wraps. Chernin Entertainment will produce alongside Foxxhole Productions’ Foxx and Datari Turner.

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A veteran screenwriter, director, and producer, Brandt is well known for scripting 3:10 to Yuma, the Academy Award-nominated Western actioner from director James Mangold, which starred Russell Crowe, Christian Bale and Ben Foster. The co-writer and executive producer of Lionsgate’s recent Mark Wahlberg pic Arthur the King, Brandt also previously co-wrote the tentpoles Wanted and 2 Fast 2 Furious. In television, he’s best known for creating NBC’s Chicago Fire, as well as writing and exec producing each of the Chicago franchise’s other three hit series, with credits on over 650 episodes.

Most recently, Foxxhole Productions has worked on titles like the Dawn Porter doc Luther: Never Too Much; Prime Video’s legal drama The Burial, starring Foxx and Tommy Lee Jones; and Aristotle Torres’ indie drama Story Ave starring Asante Blackk and Luis Guzmán. The company also produces Fox’s police procedural Alert: Missing Persons Unit, which has been renewed for a third season.

In recent months, Chernin has acquired an erotic thriller pitch from Emily Siegel and seen Netflix acquire Jeremy Robbins’ female-driven thriller spec Apex, which the company will produce alongside Ian Bryce. We were first to report on both projects. The company’s upcoming slate includes the action comedy Back in Action, Native American sports drama Rez Ball and Fear Street: Prom Queen — all for Netflix — as well as A24’s Backrooms horror feature from young up-and-comer Kane Parsons.

Brandt is repped by CAA, Industry Entertainment, and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller; Foxx by CAA, LBI Entertainment and Johnson Shapiro Slewett & Kole.

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