Roc-a-Fella Records co-founder Damon Dash has made a deal with Tribeca Prods. partners Jane Rosenthal and Robert De Niro and Universal Pictures to mount a drama based on the life of Larry Davis.
As Variety says, at 19, Davis traded fire with New York City cops, wounding six of them and escaped despite being shot in the head. After eluding a manhunt for 17 days, Davis turned himself in to the FBI on the promise the feds would investigate local police corruption.
The studio and producers are close to locking in a writer.
Dash has also teamed with producer Kevin Misher to produce a film about a female fight club in Brownsville, Brooklyn, where troubled women pummeled each other for pay in a basement makeshift ring.
And one more deal for Dash; he is developing, with documakers Marc Levin and Richard Stratton, a film based on the life story of mobster Joe Stassi, a go-between of Meyer Lansky and Lucky Luciano. Dash is in talks with producer Henry Winterstern of First Look Studios to use the docu Levin and Stratton made as the basis for a feature.