The film centers on Michael Brody Jr., who in the 1970s, as a 21-year old hippie millionaire, promised to give away his $25 million inheritance to bring forward a new era of world peace. While it’s unclear whether he ever fulfilled his promise, his story ended in tragedy when he took his own life. The producers initially developed a flick about Brody in the late 1970s.
Maitland (pictured) will produce the film under his Go-Valley production company with Emmy-winning producer Megan Gilbride and producer Melissa Robyn Glassman. She was Pressman film’s director of development before she formed Twelve21 Productions in 2016.
Pressman and Gordon will act as executive producers along with Pressman Film’s Jon Katz and Alive Films’ Carolyn Pfeiffer.
Pressman said in a statement he is confident the Untitled film will have a similar impact on audiences as Maitland’s Tower had.
Tower, about the first mass school shooting in the U.S. at the University of Texas in 1966, has received a number of nominations and awards, including making the Best Documentary Feature shortlist from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and a nod from the Producers Guild of America.
The Austin Film Society recently awarded a grant to The Untitled Michael Brody Jr. Documentary.