Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck To Write And Direct ‘Freaky Tales’ For eOne and MACRO

EXCLUSIVE: Here is a fun project coming together, Deadline is hearing that Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have come on to write, direct and produce the drama Freaky Tales for eOne and MACRO. eOne had no comment on the project. Insiders say Jelani eOne, Johnson and Poppy Hanks will produce on behalf of MACRO.

A source close to the project describes the film as a project comprised of four interconnected stories set in 1987 Oakland, CA. The movie is a love letter to the music, movies, sports, politics, people, places, and memories (some true, some invented) that Fleck grew up with in the 80s. On the surface each story appears to exist in a world familiar to our own, but the Oakland of Freaky Tales hovers just beyond our knowable universe. Sure you can reach out and touch it, but it’s going to be very sticky.

What’s interesting about this project is besides James Lopez and Charles D. King serving as exec producers, Oakland hip-hop legend Todd Shaw aka Too $hort will also exec produce along with his manager David Weintraub. Insiders say the script is built around his music, which was a big part of Oakland in the 80s and it was important to have him involved in the project in some way. Following a meeting with Boden and Fleck, Shaw was on board along with Weintraub.

While the directing duo have directed commercial smash hits like Captain Marvel, Boden and Fleck’s bread and butter are well-rounded stories that are character-driven like acclaimed projects such as Sugar and Mississippi Grind and it feels like this falls in that wheel house. More to come as this project comes together.

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