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Seith Mann making feature debut with adaptation of Miss: Better Living Through Crime

08.18.2010
Television director Seith Mann ("Fringe", "The Wire") is making the leap to the big screen with the adaptation of the French graphic novel MISS: BETTER LIVING THROUGH CRIME from authors Philippe Thirault, Marc Riou, and Mark Vigouroux.

The film, to also be written by Mann, "revolves around Nola, a white femme fatale who grew up an impoverished orphan, and styliní Slim, a smooth-talking Harlem pimp with gambling troubles. The unlikely interracial pair partner as murderers-for-hire."

Producer Hicham Benkirane tells THR's Heat Vision, "It's really held together by their love story, which is what allows them to keep going. What is interesting is that it's a period of racism, and they use that to their advantage. It's a weapon in their arsenal."

Originally attached to direct was director Antoine Fuqua (BROOKLYN'S FINEST, TRAINING DAY), but I guess he fell out at some point. Executive producer Spike Lee suggested filmmaker Seith Mann to Benkirane when the two met at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. The young filmmaker made some waves when his 2003 NYU thesis short FIVE DEEP BREATHS (starring The Wire's Jamie Hector a.k.a. "Marlo Stanfield") won Best Narrative Short at the Los Angeles and Chicago Film Festivals.
Extra Tidbit: You can check out Mann's excellent 20-minute short FIVE DEEP BREATHS over at Vulture RIGHT HERE.

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