Deon Taylor and his Hidden Empire Film Group partners Roxanne Avent and Robert F. Smith are ramping up on police drama “.38,” with production planned for March in Los Angeles, Variety has learned exclusively.
Producers have started casting and have hired cinematographer Dante Spinotti, who received Academy Award nominations for “The Insider” and “L.A. Confidential.” The project is based on Tim Clemente’s screenplay, set on the gang-ridden streets of St. Louis’ “Bloody Third” district. The story follows a police force over the course of one night through interweaving storylines inspired by actual events with the citizens (both criminals and victims) they are charged to protect.
The film is financed by Smith, Taylor’s longtime business partner and lead investor. Smith founded Vista Equity Partners in 2000 and is the firm’s managing principal with over $3 billion in capital under management.