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Sony Attaches Barry Levinson to Direct Brother Jack

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 8, 2010 at 5:13AM

Veteran director Barry Levinson (Rain Man and HBO's You Don't Know Jack, nominated for 15 Emmys) is to direct Columbia Pictures' Jack Healey biopic Brother Jack. The coming-of-age story is based on Healey's life as he leaves the priesthood and arrives on the streets, where he fought for and pioneered human rights issues and activism.
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Veteran director Barry Levinson (Rain Man and HBO's You Don't Know Jack, nominated for 15 Emmys) is to direct Columbia Pictures' Jack Healey biopic Brother Jack. The coming-of-age story is based on Healey's life as he leaves the priesthood and arrives on the streets, where he fought for and pioneered human rights issues and activism.

The activist helped to make human rights a top priority of governments, organizations and world citizens, often by creative use of media and music. For 12 years Healey was the Executive Director of Amnesty International USA, and is currently the head of the Human Rights Action Network, where his goals include the support of growing human rights groups worldwide, raising the awareness of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, restoring Aung San Suu Kyi's power in Burma, creating meaningful solutions to help victims protect themselves, and developing a fund designated to remove people from harm's way in extreme cases of human rights abuse.

Healey, along with Mosaic, is producing the film. Harley Peyton (Bandits) wrote the screenplay, with a rewrite by Kelly Masterson (Before The Devil Knows You're Dead).  

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.