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European Film Market: ‘Once Upon A Time In Brooklyn’ (Ice-T, Ja Rule Co-Star In Crime Drama)

European Film Market: 'Once Upon A Time In Brooklyn' (Ice-T, Ja Rule Co-Star In Crime Drama)

The European Film Market (which runs concurrently with the Berlin International Film Festival) doesn’t officially open until tomorrow, the 7th, but the deals have already started happening.

Thankfully, I’ve got writers over there who’ll not only be reviewing films, but will share news worth posting here.

Here’s the first of what will likely be several other updates to come.

Ice-T and Ja Rule co-star in the crime drama, Once Upon A Time In Brooklyn (it was previously titled GOAT), along with Vincent Pastore (Goodfellas), William Demeo (The Sopranos), Armand Assante and others, in a story that centers on a man who, after serving several prison sentences, is released, and…

… craving a life of inescapable crime, but desperate to honor his family, Bobby must decide whether to make his family proud or destroy what generations of Baldanos have built before him. A twist ending reveals what truths Bobby always knew but was too afraid to face: Wrong turn, Wrong choices, Wrong guy

The film, desribed as gritty, was written and directed by Paul Borghese, and, announced this morning, has been acquired by Grindstone Entertainment (North American rights on all platforms).

Expect the film to be released (likely on home video/VOD) this spring.

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America's cultural influence and the blaxploitation era being the rage for a few years…gave international market a taste of seeing Black guys in action films.

Smart people like Fred Williamson took advantage of this and had hit films overseas years after Hollywood cast Black action films/ and actors away like trash.

Lot of today's rappers are taking advantage of the fact that America still has global cultural influence and are tapping into foregin markets.Ice and Ja Rule are just actors in this flick, but 50 cent, Snoop,Ice T have parlayed American success into lucrative film deals in international markets.

*The Hammer is on record as saying that foreign distributors just told American film companies that Black films don't sell so they could lowball them on fees/rights.

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