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Toronto: Curtis Burch Developing Oakley Hall III Biopic

5 September 2013 7:39 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Curtis Burch, exec-turned-producer, is developing “The Loss of Nameless Things,” based on the life of the late playwright Oakley Hall III.

Burch’s comic drama “Words and Pictures,” starring Juliette Binoche and Clive Owen, premieres Saturday in Toronto. Burch produced through his 6-year-old Latitude Prods. along with screenwriter Gerald Dipego and director Fred Schepisi.

He’s aiming to go into production on “Nameless,” based on the 2004 doc by Bill Rose, next year. Burch discovered Rose’s film several years ago at the Austin fest.

Oakley was a rising star on New York theater scene before suffering massive injuries in a fall from a bridge in 1978. The documentary focuses on a local production of his play “Grinder’s Stand,” which he had been writing at the time of his accident, and his slow process of creating a new life. Oakley died in 2011.

Burch hopes the feature version, which has been fully financed, »

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