EXCLUSIVE: Angela Bassett Y Courtney B Vance have renewed the overall agreement with MTV Entertainment Studios for their Bassett Vance Productions and have established heist 88, starring Vance, as the first feature film of the new pact.
Directed by Menhaj Huda (Childhood),the movie, currently filming in Chicago, reunites two-time Emmy winner Vance with his The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story co-star keesha sharp Y green bentleywho recently starred alongside him on AMC’s 61st street.
In addition to Vance, Sharp and Green, Keith David, Xavier Clyde, Nican Robinson and Precious Way also star. robbery 88which is inspired by true events and tells the incredible story of one of the biggest bank robberies ever to take place in the United States.
In the film, written by Dwayne Johnson-Cochran, Vance plays Jeremy Horne, a criminal mastermind with an innate ability to talk anyone into doing just about anything, who decides to do one last job before going to prison in 1988. He recruits four young bank employees to steal close to $80 million dollars through a sophisticated dismantling of the bank transfer system.
“This character is inspired by a man who was able to convince a small group of young men who were on the bottom rungs of his bank to join him in committing one of the biggest crimes against the American banking system in history. the history of this country,” Vance. said. “At its core, it’s a compelling, unapologetic story that brings us back to where we are today. What is the American dream and who does it work for?
Sharp will play Bree Barnes, a smart and smart political consultant who possesses a criminal mind and is Jeremy’s love interest.
David will play Buddha Ray (Raymond Oliver), a master safecracker and Jeremy’s mentor.
Clyde will play Danny Pugh, a nerdy comic book collector who is brilliant with numbers, data and loves research, but has quit his job at the bank.
Green will play Marshall King, a cocky and energetic house music DJ, and Jeremy’s nephew.
Robinson will play Rick Windom, a loyal young bank clerk who works “the back of the bank” for nearly six years with dreams of becoming a stockbroker.
Way will play LaDonna Sanders, a beautiful and brilliant bank employee who is ambitious but unseen at First Chicago Bank.
Bassett Vance Productions produces robbery 88 along with MTV Entertainment Studios and Gunpowder & Sky. Bassett, Vance, Lynnette Ramirez and Johnson-Cochran are executive producers for Bassett Vance Productions, Van Toffler and Barry Barclay for Gunpowder & Sky.
Under Bassett and Vance’s first deal with MTV Entertainment Studios, which the duo made in 2020, their company has produced the Smithsonian Channel. thousand years of slavery and a limited series about the Tulsa Race Massacre, slated for release in 2023. Bassett Vance Productions’ upcoming slate focuses on movies, including Romeo and Juliet-themed ones. radio lovenow in development.
“We are delighted to continue our partnership with MTV Entertainment Studios,” said Lynnette Ramirez, director of development for Bassett Vance Productions. “We look forward to developing more movies together beyond our current active slate, which includes drama. robbery 88 and the shared vision for our next four-part event series based on The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921.”
robbery 88 It’s been a passion project for Vance, Bassett and Johnson for years. It was established as a series on FX in 2017 and a fictionalized version of the story was later developed, also as a series, on HBO. After Vance and Bassett signed the deal with MTV Entertainment Studios in 2020, they turned the script over to studio executives who loved it as a movie.
The decision dovetailed with the shift in strategy at Paramount Media Networks from scripted series to original films.
“First of all, we are huge fans of Courtney and Angela’s work, they are stellar storytellers and creatives, so when we had the opportunity to partner with them to make movies, we were over the moon, they were at the top of our list,” he said. Nina L. Diaz, President of Content and Creative Director of Paramount Media Networks and MTV Entertainment Studios. VH1 to Comedy Central, it seemed like a great opportunity to bring this true crime story to life, especially since it’s such a popular genre with our audience.”
The partnership between Paramount Media Networks’ MTV Entertainment Studios and Bassett Vance Productions grows out of Paramount’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiative, a global effort to provide opportunities and help promote content creation for a new generation of BIPOCs and women leaders. in front and behind the camera.
Sharp is represented by A3 Artist and Vault Entertainment. Huda is represented by Zero Gravity Management, APA and Doug Stone.