‘True Blood’s Alan Ball To Helm Features On Chippendales Founder, And A Loser Who Finds Genie Lamp

EXCLUSIVE: As he prepares to end his long running vampire series True Blood, Alan Ball has found two film projects to sink his teeth into for his big screen return. Ball has scripted and will next direct I Am Chippendales, an adaptation of the Rodney Sheldon book that sounds like a mix between Magic Mike and Scarface. Ball will then direct I Dream Of Gene, a broad comic tale that’s Ball’s contemporary take on the genie and the lamp.

Chippendales tells the story of Steve Banerjee, an immigrant who went from pumping gas in Culver City to running a high-end nightclub that evolved into Chippendales. As the male stripper concept became a phenomenon in the 1980s at the height of the women’s lib movement, Banerjee was consumed by excess and competition. After hiring a New York choreographer to polish the all-male dance troupe, Banerjee became wildly rich, and just as paranoid. Banerjee hired a hit man to murder the choreographer when negotiations went sour. After being arrested, Banerjee died in jail awaiting trial.

Ball won the Oscar for his first feature script, American Beauty, and he made his feature directorial debut on the provocative Towelhead. The intention is to start shooting in January and casting is underway. UTA, which reps Ball, will rep domestic rights on the film. David Permut, Alan Ball and Adam Brawer will produce. David Beitchman of Sentinel Pictures, Peter Saphier, Sheldon and Permut Presentation’s Chris Mangano will serve as executive producers. The film will be a co-production between Permut Presentations, Sentinel Pictures and Your Face Goes Here Entertainment.

Ball and his Your Face Goes Here Entertainment is teamed with Michael Costigan’s COTA Films banner on I Dream Of Gene, a contemporary broad comedy that Ball scripted about a lost man who becomes the master of an irreverent male genie. Surprisingly, the subject matter isn’t dark like most of Ball’s recent work. The plan is move right from project to the next. Costigan, Ball and Ben LeClair will produce Gene through COTA Films and Your Face Goes Here. UTA will sell that film as well.

Comments (16)

  • The Genie film sounds hilarious

    Comment by Teddy Ferguson — Thursday September 5, 2013 @ 3:09pm PDT  
  • Wonder who they’ll cast as the Indian in Chippendales . . .

    Comment by Nancy R. — Thursday September 5, 2013 @ 3:09pm PDT  
  • Ball is the perfect director for this material and hopefully can make a better film than the dour Magic Mike.

    Comment by Michael — Thursday September 5, 2013 @ 3:15pm PDT  
    • Although I agree on both counts, I fear that, thanks to the popularity of “Magic Mike”, we’re going to be inundated with male stripper movies, and most of them will be fluff pieces just like MM.

      Comment by CynicalCritic — Friday September 6, 2013 @ 11:28am PDT  
  • That genie one sounds legit funny.

    Comment by long time listener — Thursday September 5, 2013 @ 3:31pm PDT  
  • The history behind Chippendales is insane! Such a great dark, story. So glad Alan Ball’s the one doing it – he’s perfect!!! I’ll be first in line!

    Comment by BALLOVER — Thursday September 5, 2013 @ 3:40pm PDT  
  • SENTINEL PICTURES! This is amazing guys, the project is going to be sick, your team and director are incredible, so happy and excited for you guys! Huge congrats to all, well deserved!

    Comment by Gary — Thursday September 5, 2013 @ 3:56pm PDT  
  • I’ll be watching Chippendales for the eye candy!
    I Dream of Gene…lol…

    Comment by yum! — Thursday September 5, 2013 @ 4:44pm PDT  

    Comment by Unoriginal Jones — Thursday September 5, 2013 @ 6:09pm PDT  
  • Seriously though . . . Aziz Ansari as a stripper? Read the script people this has been floating for a while . . .

    Genie redux by a guy who has shown he can master character centered comedy? Sign me up.

    Comment by Larry L. — Thursday September 5, 2013 @ 6:29pm PDT  
    • Banerjee was never a stripper.

      The story was told in a USA Network movie with Naveen Andrews but he was to polished for such a seedy character. Anzari would be good, though.

      Comment by Michael — Friday September 6, 2013 @ 4:18am PDT  
      • So it’s a remake?

        Comment by Larry L. — Friday September 6, 2013 @ 9:07am PDT  
  • Through some kaiju in that bad boy and it will do gangbusters overseas….

    Comment by 100stones3x — Thursday September 5, 2013 @ 10:17pm PDT  
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