By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 29, 2010 at 6:11AM
Commercial director Dante Ariola will direct Shia LaBeouf in action romance The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman for Mandate Pictures. Matt Drake wrote the original Black List script, which is produced by Bona Fide Productions' Ron Yerxa and Albert Berger (Little Miss Sunshine, Little Children) and Wonderful Films' William Horberg (The Kite Runner). Mandate is pushing toward a fall 2010 shoot and Lionsgate will sell foreign territories at Cannes.
LaBeouf plays every man Charlie Countryman, who falls for a girl who is a gangster's moll. Charlie tries to win her and protect her without getting himself killed, too. LaBeouf is wise to take on a smart indie movie as an alternative to his studio roles in the Transformers and Indiana Jones franchises. Coming up is the Cannes debut of Oliver Stone's Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps.
Ariola has won multiple awards for his commercials which include Coca-Cola, Levi’s, Nike, HP, and Sony's Playstation. Drake (Tully) is currently writing Todd Phillips' Project X.
Berger and Yerxa recently partnered with Mandate on The Switch, starring Jennifer Aniston, one of the films in limbo at Disney/Miramax, currently scheduled for August release. They also produced Cold Mountain with Horberg.