By Indiewire | Indiewire March 22, 2001 at 2:00AM
DAILY NEWS: Double A Secures Film Rights to Ian Curtis Bio and "Quitting the Nairobi Trio"
by Brian Brooks /indieWIRE
(indieWIRE/03.22.01) -- Double A Films has purchased the film rights to
two books, Deborah Curtis' "Touching From A Distance" (published by
the U.K.'s Faber and Faber) and "Quitting the Nairobi Trio" by
Jim Knipfel (published by J.P. Tarcher/Putnam) were secured for
the New York based film company.
"Touching From A Distance" is a biography of Manchester group Joy
Division's late lead singer, Ian Curtis. Deborah Curtis, his widow,
gives an account of the singer/songwriter's exceptional life beginning
from the time he was a teenager until his death by suicide as the band
prepared to embark on their first American tour (following his death,
the band became '80s group, New Order). Writer/director Michael Stock
will pen the screenplay, entitled "Transmission."
Double A's purchase of Kim Knipfel's "Quitting the Nairobi Trio,"
completed with actor/director John Martin (Henry Bean's "The Believer," "Hamlet," by Michael Almereyda) is about the writer's emotional and sometimes comical chronicle of her six month stay in a Minneapolis
psychiatric ward. Knipfel, a longtime columnist for the New York Press,
also wrote "Slackjaw."
Founded in 1995 by Andrew Fierberg and Amy Hobby, Double A Films produces and provides production services for low-budget films. Fierberg and Hobby
have produced and co-produced many projects including Steven Shainberg's
"Hit Me," as well as the dark comedy "Secretary," now in pre-production
and starring James Spader. They are also co-producing Jill Sprecher's
("Clockwatchers") latest work "Thirteen Conversations about One Thing"
starring Matthew McConaughey, John Turturro, Alan Arkin and Amy Irving. The film is executive produced by Michael Stipe and Sandy Stern of Single Cell Pictures. [Brian Brooks]