August 17, 2010


After tonight’s earlier report that Jack Bender is developing 7 Minutes in Heaven with J.J. Abrams, we have another example of  a respected TV director entering into features.  Seith Mann’s resume includes such series as The Wire, Friday Night Lights, and Fringe — according to Heat Vision, there will soon be a credit for an adaptation of Miss: Better Living Through Crime.  At one point Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) was set to helm Miss, though that appears to have fallen through: Mann will both script and direct.

Hichame Benkirane and Spike Lee are producing this tale of Enola and Slim, “two unlikely partners in crime”; hit the jump for a full synopsis.

seith_mann_miss_better_living_through_crime_coverThe official synopsis:

‘We called them ‘the crazy years‚’ New York City was spreading like a pool of urine across a subway platform. Even rats caught diseases there.’ Welcome to the world of Miss, a bold new journey into crime graphic novels from Humanoids Publishing. Set during the early 1900s in New York, Miss tells the tale of two unlikely partners in crime, Enola and Slim. Enola is a poor white girl who has learned to survive by hook or by crook since being expelled from the orphanage. Slim is a black pimp with an uncertain past, trying to keep one foot out of the grave. When their paths cross, and their options run out, Enola and Slim forge a partnership as murderers for hire. This is their story … what it takes to survive when all you have is a gun. [Amazon]

Mann first gained notoriety with the short film Five Deep Breaths, which served as his master’s thesis for the NYU film program.  The connections forged by this calling card have served him well.  The short impressed Wire producer Robert E. Culsberry, who helped Mann get his start in the TV industry.  Likewise, Five Deep Breaths was funded in part by the Spike Lee fellowship set up at NYU — the payoff on that relationship is now clear.

You can check out Five Deep Breaths for yourself over at Vulture.  If you do, you’ll notice that then-future Wire star Jamie Hector (Marlo) is the lead.

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