Company bags U.S. rights to the Barry Levinson-directed film, which co-stars Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson and Zooey Deschanel
The announcement was made jointly Thursday by Tom Ortenberg, chief executive of OpenRoad Films, and Bill Block“>Bill Block, chief executive at QED International, which is financing with Venture Forth.
“Rock the Kasbah” follows Richie Vance, a has-been rock manager who takes his last remaining client on a USO tour of Afghanistan. When Richie finds himself in Kabul, abandoned, penniless and without his passport, he discovers a young girl with an extraordinary voice and manages her through Afghanistan’s version of “American Idol”
QED’s Bill Block, Venture Forth’s Jacob Pechenik, Shangri-La Entertainment’s Steve Bing and Mitch Glazer will produce. Brian Grazer and Tom Freston are executive producers. Production is to begin in June.