Overture Films is on board to produce Jon Amiel's "105 Degrees and Rising" with Echo Lake Productions, the companies announced today. The move into larger budget projects for Echo Lake is a film set against the backdrop of the fall of Saigon in 1975, according to an announcement. The film is based on a script by William M. Akers, with Echo Lake's Doug Mankoff, Mike Marcus and Andy Spaulding producing. Rob Cowan is also on board as a producer. The announcement noted that it is the first production to be developed by the new company under the leadership of Chris McGurk and Danny Rosett. Casting has yet to be announced for "105 Degrees and Rising" with the title referring to a secret code signaling U.S. citizens to evacuate Saigon.
"'105 Degrees' is a fresh look at this key moment in our history," said Doug Mankoff, President of Echo Lake. "The script features an ensemble of amazing roles and Jon Amiel brings terrific vision to the material. Chris and Danny have exhibited great taste in making important films such as 'Hotel Rwanda,' and so we are especially pleased to be making this film with them." [Eugene Hernandez]