'Hustle & Flow' Director Picks Up 'Gangster Princess of Beverly Hills'
by Ben Pearson
February 27, 2013
Director Craig Brewer directed the 2011 remake of Footloose (check out Alex's interview with him right here), but my favorite project of his so far is 2005's terrific southern rap drama Hustle & Flow. Brewer directed the underrated Black Snake Moan in '07 and then jumped to TV, helming an episode of "The Shield" and "Terriers." But recently he's been getting back into the feature arena, writing a new Tarzan movie that Harry Potter director David Yates has taken on, and now Deadline reports Brewer has found his own directing gig: an adaptation of a wild true story, Gangster Princess of Beverly Hills. More below!
The film will be based on a Rolling Stone article written by Sabrina Rubin Erdely from August of last year that centers on Lisette Lee, a woman who pretended to be a model, actress, and heiress to the Samsung fortune before she was busted with 500 pounds of marijuana and found to have transported 7,000 pounds from California to Ohio, splitting $3 million between herself and six co-conspirators. It's a story that sometimes seems too crazy to be true, but by telling the story of the "Korean Paris Hilton," Brewer has a huge opportunity to make a statement about what it means to be a celebrity in today's reality TV-obsessed culture. If anything, it seems like a more relevant and timely female version of Catch Me If You Can.
Brewer will write and direct the film adaptation for Paramount Pictures, and it sounds like this would make a great double feature with Sofia Coppolla's own upcoming true story The Bling Ring, which focuses on a group of L.A. teenagers who participated in a string of celebrity burglaries. That one has Emma Watson toplining, but no cast has been announced for Gangster Princess as of yet. This could turn out really well if Brewer can score a great young actress in the lead, and we're excited to see what he can do after taking a few year break from big screen work. Thoughts?