‘King Richard’ Director Reinaldo Marcus Green To Helm Family Dramedy For Lionsgate

Having directed Will Smith to an Oscar-nominated performance in King Richard, Reinaldo Marcus Green has now set his sights on his next project. He’s signed on to helm a family comedy-drama for Lionsgate. The film is currently untitled, but we know that Green will write, direct and produce the film.

The movie revolves around a young man who is facing mounting school loans, so he moves in with his Puerto Rican mother who he didn’t grow up with. What begins as a way to save money becomes a life-changing education about his parents, love, and himself.

Aaron Edmonds and Chisom Ude are overseeing the project for Lionsgate. Lionsgate Motion Picture Group’s President Nathan Kahane said in a statement:

“We’re huge fans of Rei’s – he’s a huge reason why King Richard is such an award season favorite. His incredible talent lets him tap into untold stories that celebrate cultures and traditions along with a universal humanity that runs through us all. We responded to this story immediately and we could not be more excited to be working with one of the premier rising voices in filmmaking today.”

Green made his feature directorial debut four years ago with Monsters And Men, which featured an early John David Washington role and focused on the aftermath of a Black man being shot by police. Green then directed Mark Wahlberg drama Joe Bell, about a working class father embarking on a solo walk across the U.S. to protest his gay son being bullied at school.

He also directed miniseries Amend: The Fight For America and the first three episodes of the Netflix series Top Boy. With King Richard, Green has continued his ascent in the film world, and that film’s six Academy Award nominations have hopefully opened even more doors for him.

He is currently in post-production on upcoming HBO limited series We Own This City, for which he directed every episode. David Simon and George Pelecanos have written the series. Green is also attached to co-write and direct a Bob Marley biopic for Paramount. It’s unclear whether that film is his next project, or whether this Lionsgate dramedy will take precedent.


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