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EAST GREENWICH â€” The first six films Verdi Productions created within the last four years were, seemingly, the pre-fight hype.
Come this fall, the main event will commence for the local movie-making firm based on Main Street.
Scheduled for preproduction in October, producer and East Greenwich resident Chad A. Verdi, along with Oscar-winning producers and some of Hollywoodâ€™s elite writers will begin the much-anticipated project entitled â€śBleed For This,â€ť the true-life story of Cranston native and former world champion boxer Vinny Paz that will highlight one of the more tremendous comebacks in sports history.
â€śItâ€™s going to show the peaks and valleys. Itâ€™s going to show the triumph and show who (Paz) is,â€ť Verdi says. â€śWhether you like Vinny or not â€“ we love him; heâ€™s a dear friend of mine â€“ he did what no one else was able to do.â€ť
The upcoming project will feature Bruce Cohen, whose film credits includes the film â€śAmerican Beautyâ€ť â€“ a picture that took home five Academy Awards in 1999 â€“ Martin Scorsese (The Departed, Goodfellas), Noah Kraft and Emma Tillinger Koskoff as the producers. Ben Younger, who has been involved in projects such as â€śBoiler Roomâ€ť and â€śPrime,â€ť will be the director.
â€śBleed For Thisâ€ť will be Verdiâ€™s most ambitious film to date for a myriad of reasons. In contrast to his previous movies where the budgets hovered around the $1-million mark â€“ â€śLoosiesâ€ť being budgeted for $4 million â€“ the upcoming story about the former prize fighter is budgeted for $16 million.
â€śThis is going to be a learning process, too,â€ť Verdi says, â€śbecause we donâ€™t have the luxury of bringing in 50 people and spending three months doing location, scouting and shooting the film in three months instead of three weeks because itâ€™s budgeted.â€ť
For the rest of this story and more local news, pick up an August 16 East Greenwich Pendulum.