Kimberly Peirce ("Boys Don't Cry," the upcoming "Carrie" remake) has signed on to helm the hard-edge drama "The Brand" for Film 360, Identity Films and Entendre Films.
Based on a 2004 New Yorker article by David Grann, the story deals with the notorious Aryan Brotherhood prison gang. Even with its leaders in solitary confinement in the most secure prisons, the gang still ran their criminal empire through secret communication.
The article dealt with U.S. Attorney Gregory Jessner's pursuit of forty of the gang's top leaders who achieved dominance in prison through a ruthless and sophisticated operation. The film's story will be chronicled through the eyes of a young recruit who rises through the ranks and eventually defects.
Ric Roman Waugh did the first draft of the script, with Alessandro Camon ("The Messenger") penning recent drafts. Anthony Mastromauro and Danielle Pelland will produce.