Producer Warren Zide (Final Destination) has confirmed he will produce Shrader House, as a drama genre feature film with famed Columbia/Sony hip hop recording artist, writer-producer Gerald ‘BAM’ Whaley.
The team, who are currently in pre-production, have attached Andre Royo from HBO’s The Wire to play the films role of Councilman Reginald Scott.
Originally the project was set to be a TV series with teleplay notes, on key plots to enhance the script, being given by producer Ed Burns, however after much deliberation by Warren Zide, it has been decided that Shrader House should be a feature film with a potential international theatrical release.
The film is set in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, New York, and shadows young Troy Daniels as he is being released, on probation, from a New York juvenile correctional facility to live in a corrupt group home called Shrader House. Troy is forced to battle between false rehabilitation or returning to his former gang life. He is just one of the many juvenile offenders who get stuck between the life they have always known and the path they are told will lead them towards a better future. Shrader House follows their social and internal struggles, their teachers, counselors, and the government officials who each hold various perspectives regarding these teens.
Line producer Betsy Friedman (American Gangster) and actor Jaime Zevallos (Me You And Five Bucks) have also signed onto the project. Shrader House has been penned for a late 2016 release.