1492 Pictures, the producer behind The Help (pictured) and Harry Potter, is teaming up with ro*co productions for a partnership that will see documentaries adapted into feature films, starting with Yoav Potash’s doc Crime after Crime.
Ro*co, which produces and distributes docs and programs films for Oprah Winfrey Network’s OWN Documentary Club, announced the partnership at a party at Sundance over the weekend.
Talking to realscreen in Park City, ro*co productions president Sue Turley said her team got to know Michael Barnathan and Chris Columbus at 1492 when the two parties were initially looking at making The Help as a documentary, before the project changed direction and become a major Hollywood feature.
After presenting 1492 with a slate of five docs that she thought would work well for adaptation, the two companies chose Crime after Crime to be the first project. “I think we’re both going to see how this one goes,” Turley said, adding that Potash “is about halfway through writing the screenplay.”
Crime after Crime looks at a woman who served two decades in jail for her involvement in the murder of a man who abused her, and the efforts of two attorneys to free her. The film played at Sundance last year before later airing on OWN in the U.S.
“From early on making this doc I thought that this was a story with three strong characters, each with their own strong narrative arc,” Potash told realscreen.
“In the year since premiering the film, I’ve been doing outreach and engagement, and then quietly in the background putting the pieces together to do the dramatic adaptation. And now that’s got a huge jolt of energy thanks to ro*co and 1492.”
Ro*co films international has four films at Sundance, including documentaries The Invisible War and We’re Not Broke.