Willoughby Pictures, Savandra Pictures and Mission Launch have recently signed a deal to produce the feature drama Tar Beach. According to Variety, the studios are currently in negotiations with John Leguizamo to direct the film.

Tar Beach is based on real-life tale of Carol Boyd, a young woman saddled with caring for her alcoholic stepfather and paroled stepsister.

Tar Beach is scheduled to begin filming this fall on location in New York City.