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Tina Gordon Chism Sells New Orleans-Set Thriller 'Inheritance' To Sony Pictures

by Tambay A. Obenson
April 18, 2013 6:57 PM
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Tina Gordon Chism & Kali Hawk
Tina Gordon Chism & Kali Hawk

Writer/director Tina Gordon Chism and producer/LAFF festival director Stephanie Allain have reteamed for a thriller titled Inheritance, which they've sold to Sony Pictures, in a deal that, according to Deadline, involved DeVon Franklin and Alex Siskin.

The story centers on a young female lawyer handling the case of a New Orleans coffee magnate whose death ignites a chain of deadly events. 

Chism and Allain previously paired up for Peeples - Chism's directorial debut, which stars Craig RobinsonDavid Alan GrierKerry WashingtonS. Epatha Merkerson, Melvin Van PeeblesDiahann Carroll, and Kali Hawk, and which Lionsgate will release on May 10, 2013.

Chism's previous credits include penning the screenplays for Drumline and ATL. She was also previously attached to Halle Berry's Nappily Ever After project, which is currently in limbo.

Siskin, Todd Black and Jason Blumenthal for Escape Artists, will produce Inheritance.

Hopefully this will mean even more photos of Chism in circulation, because there aren't many of her solo. There aren't many at all actually.

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  • | May 18, 2013 10:28 PMReply

    Chism has no IMDb information - no trivia, birthdate, birthplace, bio, no discussion, and any other facts beyond the lone directorial credit and a few writing credits. Not much to evaluate in Chism because this movie looks dreadful.

  • What | May 19, 2013 1:15 PM

    You need biographical information to evaluate Chism why? Her work speaks for itself: medium talent.

    I don't know shit about Christopher Nolan, Ang Lee, or Ava Duvernay & I can evaluate them just fine.

  • Jason | May 18, 2013 10:17 PMReply

    It is obvious the directorial debut of Chism explains the poor box office performance. This Peeples movie stands to lose a ton of money.

    - Movie Explanations

  • that dude | April 19, 2013 12:56 AMReply

    Who is the young lady with her? They look like sisters.

  • Faith | April 19, 2013 12:37 AMReply

    "Hopefully this will mean even more photos of Chism in circulation, because there aren't many of her solo. There aren't many at all actually."

    EXCUSE ME?!!! I don't ever remember you celebrating a MALE writer/director getting a deal so he would have more "photos in circulation!" Yes, Ms. Chism is attractive, but Tambay you need to check your libido at the door if you're doing legitimate film industry coverage! Like Kathryn Bigelow, evaluate her on her WORK, not her LOOKS!!

  • Faith | April 19, 2013 12:38 PM

    Duly noted, AI. But the way it read, I was like "Whoa!" There was really no need to include that in the article.

  • AI | April 19, 2013 11:40 AM

    Normally, I'd be with you, except you'll notice that every other article they post about a director has a individual picture of them, so it would make sense for him to want one of her.

  • ALM | April 18, 2013 9:56 PMReply

    Since you mentioned it, I sure wish that the "Nappily Ever After" movie would get back on track, even if they have to do the movie without Halle. I read the book years ago, and I was excited when they announced a film adaptation.

  • Anonymous | April 18, 2013 9:27 PMReply

    I didn't know she wrote "Drumline," which was decently good. However, the promos for "We The Peeples" is HORRIBLE! Absolutely no laughs. And since it's backed by TP I'll be interested to see how it does at the box office. I don't think it has any good buzz.

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