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D Street Pictures Picks Up 'Boomerang'-Like Script By Two First-Time Wrtiers & Morehouse Grads

by Tambay A. Obenson
January 22, 2014 12:32 PM
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From left to right, Chad Sanders, Dexter Davis, Leon Chills

D Street Pictures has optioned a feature romantic comedy titled Heaven Hath No Fury, penned by Leon Chills and Chad Sanders of it Pictures - a production company with focus on financing films by people of color. 

The story, which is drawing comparisons to Boomerang (the Eddie Murphy dramedy), follows a New York playboy whose decision to break the wrong woman’s heart, knocks the world out of kilter, as men start to see the world through the eyes of women. 

“It was extremely exciting to meet such extraordinarily talented young African American men who clearly understood the genre,” said D Street CEO Dexter Davis, who was first pitched the project by the writers at Cannes 2013. 

The project is currently in development, with D Street working to package it, and a late 2014 shoot date eyed.

Sanders and Chills are graduates of Morehouse College and this is their first feature script. 

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  • Donella | January 23, 2014 7:38 PMReply

    This actually sounds more like Mel Gibson's What Women Want.

  • @notahater | January 23, 2014 12:05 PMReply

    I did read before typing and the writer's production company is called "it Pictures" and it says "Of it Pictures" so I'm assuming if they are of that company then they are the ones who wants to help finance films by people of color. So readbeforetying I think you need to reread and do some research on the other company because they don't have a lot of African American content.

  • Shanae | January 23, 2014 8:23 AMReply

    This is very exciting for the grads. I'm very excited about seeing where this project goes.

  • Mark & Darla | January 22, 2014 9:23 PMReply

    Congrat, bless yall little heart.

  • west | January 23, 2014 1:06 AM

    @JMAC-- "IF" Sergio is right? Say now, doncha thank you is allowed to party wit da white folks in frenchie-land? Stay on the street corner and some reality tv, you low-expectation-having fool.

  • JMac | January 22, 2014 11:35 PM

    Don't be jealous. Clean up your script, fly out to Cannes (if Sergio is right) and hustle yourself a deal.

  • @notahater! | January 22, 2014 3:33 PMReply

    Did anyone even notice that these two writers want to help finance films made by people of color? Instead of being happy for them, why we got to tear them down before they even get out the gate?

  • readbeforetyping | January 23, 2014 11:32 AM

    Please reread the article. It says the PRODUCTION COMPANY that bought the script wants to to help finance films by people of color, not the writers

  • Dave's Deluxe | January 22, 2014 4:45 PM

    Not necessarily "tearing them down". But on the flipside of that, why are we so quick to celebrate and support "black movies" before we know who and what we're celebrating?

    Nothin wrong with keeping an eye on the real. It aint "tearing nobody down". You can run right out and support "The Best Man 6" or you can stay your a** at home and wait and see.

    You're not "tearing down" a filmmaker by not immediately supporting everything that comes down the endless black hollywood chute.

  • @JayTeeDee | January 22, 2014 2:40 PMReply

    That doesn't sound like Boomerang at all.

  • slb | January 22, 2014 3:35 PM

    Right JTD. At least not in the blurb in this post. Maybe there's other "Boomerang-like" aspects in the full synposis.

  • Sergio | January 22, 2014 2:26 PMReply

    A few things - Interesting that they all met at Cannes. Good for them. I've written on this site more than once that AA filmmkers should be going to Cannes and yet when I still do I get (some) resistance by some commenters saying in effect "We don't belong there. I like staying in my little universe of five blocks "(to paraphrase Nikki Giovanni)

    But I have to say that I always get suspicious whenever I hear that some "first time" screenwriter sold their first script. Most likely odds are either that 1) it's not their "first" script, but it's the first script that they felt confident enough to actually try to get it out there in the market to find someone to attach themselves to it. NO ONE is such a screenwriting genius that their first ever script is so brilliant that they sell it just like that or 2) maybe it's their first script but they rewrote it like 1000 times and the final version isn't even remotely anything like their early drafts or 3) maybe it's their first script but it falls way short but the producer is basically buying it for the premise alone and he's going to farm out out to other established screenwriters for extensive rewrites

  • Chad | April 4, 2014 1:26 PM

    First script - thanks for your interest!

  • BURP | January 24, 2014 12:42 PM

    @Sergio .. I feel very very very awful(hand on chest) for going in on you on your post. Quite frankly feel worst than Arsenio Hall did when he inadvertently shot Jr in the back of the head in "Harlem Nights". So please for the humanity of it all not cause bodily harm to your self …your commitment to the cause of haterdom is too great and it serves its purpose. My reference to Harlem was my idea of you living there as a struggling writer channeling your inner James Baldwin/Langston Hughs. The pornshop/rent stabilized reference was only used to punctuate the struggle. I was wrong for that perhaps you are a trust fund kid who lives in brownstone brooklyn and can afford to spend your time writing for blogs. Either way I am wrong for manufacturing assumptions based on your comments. You are entitled to your opinion however I get worked up when folks especially other blacks question each other on their efforts…White folks already do it so why do we need to do that to each other. Anyway I digress....So with that said do you forgive me Serg?

    @ Facebook Phil - What qualifies you as a shrewd businessman or being able to identify one across a medium such as a blog? You strike me as an individual that if you were in a room full of people then no one would notice you(an empty suit). When you use corny one liners that have been recycled over and over again for shits and giggles then I am able to deduce that you are indeed a certified grade A cornball. Sorry to inform you the UPS is hiring line is pretty old and over used. Next time I would suggest using cue cards in the event your run out of material.

    As Jay Z said "Pull hammers from my waist...We can clap at this amateur pace
    If that's what's cracking….Or we can play this on All Madden".

  • Sergio | January 23, 2014 10:36 PM

    @ Burp Ouch You got me. Yes ir you've got to get up pretty early in the morning to fool you. There's nothing left for me to to do but to kill myself. And yes I've got a "ton of nerve pontificating the merits of first time writers" More than you'll ever have in your lifetime . But you're wrong on two points i.e. "pay for your rent stabilized apartment above a porn shop in harlem".

    1) I don't live in Harlem. In fact I don't even live in New York and 2) in case you haven't noticed there are no more porn shops anymore. Everything is online now

  • Facebook Phil | January 23, 2014 9:10 PM

    @Burp-- I can deduce from your grammatical structure, punctuation and spelling (or lack thereof) you are not a shrewd business man. Like Biggie said, "Don't be mad, UPS is hiring."

  • BURP | January 23, 2014 7:06 PM

    @ Sergio…you say " I take it if I criticized a black serial killer or pedophile you would say i was "hating"… you must be one of those writers who drink and write at the same time. You must ghost write for the rapper "ghostface killer" when you say things like that. Lay off the sauce B. Anyway you are only thinking about your experience and the experience of many in the film industry who has to work extra hard at writing a script. Or they have to graduate from NYU or USC film writing school to gain some stamp of approval from the likes of people like you. Please .. it was just their time thats all and its quite possible that it can happen that way. There is no recipe for success and you don't know who they are what they do or who they know to create a first time script. Maybe they wrote it 4 times or ten times even but if its there first script then so what. Your "suspicious" feelings are founded on your own insecurities of having to explain why your ship has not come in. Thats what it really boils down to and with a lot of folks who feel the way you feel. You started off complimenting them on heading to cannes then you knock them down with your second paragraph based on your suspicions. Thats a blatant backhanded complement. If your a real dude then just state what you really feel do not couch it with false praise. Its like a brother cannot have a nice car he gotta be a drug dealer to earn it mentality. If you are suspicious of the possibilities then you must be the guru on how to make it in the industry. Your are probably a frustrated screenwriter of 10+ years who gets a small stipend from shadow and act to pay for your rent stabilized apartment above a porn shop in harlem. You have a lot of nerve pontificating the merits of first time writers as if they have not fully earned their just due and the fact that they hit it out the park on the first try. Apparently they were savvy enough to head to Cannes and pitch a project to get it financed. HAVE YOU BEEN ABLE TO DO THAT? HAVE YOU SOLD A SCRIPT? You write for a blog. You should be asking them questions instead of questioning their merits with your "suspicions". Learn to be gracious…it will serve you well in being a complete human being. #ANDTHENEWWBCWELTERWEIGHTHATEROFTHEYEARAWARDGOESTOSERGIOO

    @ Facebook Phil … what film business affairs do you speak off…try me..please….anyway you said a lot of nothing and spoke without the benefit of an intellect. You should be proud of yourself.. Now go put on your birthday suit and bag your face.

  • Victoria | January 23, 2014 4:44 PM

    Sergio, I was at Cannes and met Dexter and one of the guys in the pic. Dexter was incredibly proactive in reaching out to blacks in Cannes ( he came up to us on the Croisette to say hello an we all hung out and had such a laugh, and in the process met other black filmakers he had reached out to) and finding out what we were doing, offering advice and support. So much so that to every single one of us, it was 'too good to be true.' And unlike a lot of the folk you meet in Cannes, the post Cannes emails flowed......

  • jess | January 22, 2014 3:57 PM

    Not necessarily. Some people are just naturally gifted writers, good at editing their own work and getting opinions on drafts, and everybody has a copy of Save the Cat. Whether or not the product was perfect, the producer saw something in the draft he read. Good for these young men.

    If Tyler Perry can do it, anybody can.

  • Sergio | January 22, 2014 3:22 PM

    I'm telepathic. Just how did I know that someone was just going to criticize what i commented about? I take it you're one of those "We must support each other regardless because white people aren't going to it" types? I take it if I criticized a black serial killer or pedophile you would say i was "hating". (which I suspect must be black people's favorite word)

    First of all I assume you can read right? Where in my original statement did i criticize them? In fact I start off praising their initiative for going to Cannes in the first place and second, so what it's not their first script? You've written a script? I mean one all the way through not something you started and gave up on after page 6. It's really tough. it's a craft that you have to learn by doing it over and over and over again. I don't buy their story. It's always a fake story concocted to impress people. It might be their tenth script together. The thing is that they made a deal. That's the main thing, Don't come up with this "my first time" B.S.

  • Facebook Phil | January 22, 2014 3:14 PM

    @Burp-- people who say "You sound like a hater" are most of the time not smart in business affairs. However, stay optimistic, friend: you could be the stellar exception! (but I doubt it)

  • BURP | January 22, 2014 2:51 PM

    Sergio….you sound like a hater… Some folks are just lucky their first time out. Look are rosario dawson …she was sitting on her stoop when the director from the movie KIDS was like you want to be in this. I mean com on the industry has a lottery feeling to it and most of the time folks are prepared when the opportunity comes knocking.

  • Memphis Rep | January 22, 2014 2:37 PM

    Sometimes the suspicion should fall upon the buyer as well, in my opinion....

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