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Exclusive: World of Wonder to adapt Orner’s “Out of Iraq”

Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato‘s prodco World of Wonder is slated to adapt the Emmy Award-winning documentary Out of Iraq into a scripted film. Co-directed by Academy- and Emmy Award-winner Eva Orner and Chris ...
June 7, 2017

Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato‘s prodco World of Wonder is slated to adapt the Emmy Award-winning documentary Out of Iraq into a scripted film.

Co-directed by Academy- and Emmy Award-winner Eva Orner and Chris McKim, the doc follows the story of two Iraqi men – Nayyef, a U.S. translator, and B’too, an Iraqi soldier – who fall in love and flee Iraq after one of them becomes the target of an honor killing. World of Wonder served as producers on the award-winning doc.

The documentary originally aired on LGBT-focused net Logo, and was feted with the 2017 Outstanding Special Class Special Emmy.

Attached to pen the fictional script is Water’s End Productions’ head of development Abdi Nazemian (pictured), who most recently wrote the forthcoming Lifetime scripted film Menendez: Blood Brothers (premeiring June 11), which is also produced by World of Wonder and directed and exec produced by Barbato and Bailey.

Nazemian has previously written such films as The Quiet (Sony Pictures Classics, 2006), Celeste In The City (ABC Family, 2004), and Beautiful Girl (ABC Family, 2003).

At Water’s End, Nazemian has been an executive producer or associate producer on numerous films, including Call Me By Your Name, L.A. Times, Dara Ju, The House of Tomorrow and Little Woods.

Nazemian is repped by Brant Rose Agency, Curtis Brown and attorney Jason Hendler.

World of Wonder co-founder Fenton Bailey will speak during Thursday’s (June 8) “Opportunity 2018″ panel at Realscreen West ’17.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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