Relativity Media wrestled four studios for The Low Dweller, a dark drama set in 1986 in Indiana. The script was written by newcomer Brad Ingelsby, who at the beginning of last week was just a 27-year old living with his parents in Pennsylvania, working for his father's insurance business. By last Thursday, his very first script was picked up, he made a fortune with his script, around the tune of $1.1 million, and it looks like it's going to get made quickly with Ridley Scott directing and Leonardo DiCaprio starring.
According to Variety, DiCaprio will play Slim, a man who gets released after serving years in prison for murder, and wants only to follow through on his promise to marry his long-suffering girlfriend. That is, until he discovers that his loser brother has been murdered after getting involved in a seedy Midwestern gambling racket. While Slim did time for a murder he couldn't avoid, he decides he can't skip out on his obligation to avenge his brother's murder.
Ingelsby, who spent two years studying screenwriting at the American Film Institute before returning home to write on the side, learned his good fortune when his agents rang the phone at his parents house. He owes a thank you to Focus Features creative exec Michael Pruss, an acquaintance of Ingelsby who read "The Low Dweller" in January and loved it so much that he circulated it among agents.
Timing of the film is uncertain, but sources said buyers were not only attracted to its No Country for Old Men-like plotline, but also because the film is a down and dirty project that can be knocked out in a 35-day shoot.