12 December 2012 3:06 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Sony Pictures-based producer Matt Tolmach has acquired The Big Cigar, and have attached Little Miss Sunshine‘s Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris to direct. Tolmach, the former production president who most recently produced The Amazing Spider-Man for Sony, bought the project out of his discretionary fund. Joshua Bearman and Jim Hecht are writing the script. The pic is based on an article that Bearman wrote in the December issue of Playboy Magazine, about Black Panthers co-founder Huey Newton and a successful covert effort to smuggle him out of the U.S. and into Cuba to avoid prosecution for murder and a second violent crime. Newton was aided in that effort by Easy Rider producer Bert Schneider, a notable counter-culture figure at the time who among other things quietly funded Abbie Hoffman when he was living underground in the 70s after being charged with setting up a drug deal. Schneider, who »


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