Barry Levinson to direct BROTHER JACK, based on the life of human rights activist Jack Healey
According to Entertainment Weekly, Sony Pictures has announced that Barry Levinson, the man who gave us RAIN MAN, GOOD MORNING, VIETNAM, THE NATURAL, BUGSY, WAG THE DOG, LIBERTY HEIGHTS and a multitude of other projects, has signed on to direct BROTHER JACK, a film based on the life of human rights activist Jack Healey. Most recently, Levinson has focused his efforts on television fare such as YOU DON'T KNOW JACK, which garnered a boatload of Emmy nominations, and it is very nice to see him getting back into the feature director's chair. IMDb has a nice little list of other projects that Levinson has in development, though it does not mention in what capacity he will be working on them in.
It seems Levinson is attracted to strong, real life characters, as Jack Healey, not unlike Jack Kavorkian (subject of YOU DON'T KNOW JACK) is quite an interesting man. The former Franciscan monk and Catholic priest has dedicated his life to making human rights a priority on a global level, as well as inspiring youth to support non-violent activism. Healey is currently the head of the Human Rights Action Center based in Washington, D.C. The film will focus on Healey's life as he leaves the priesthood and begins his focus on human rights.The film is being produced by Healey, in association with Mosaic. Mosaic is known for such films as TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY, SEMI-PRO, and STEP BROTHERS. Anyone notice that these are a lot of Will Ferrell vehicles? Could there be a Will Ferrell role in this film? That would be an interesting direction for the production company.There is no information as to when this project will begin filming or casting at this point. Currently the script is being rewritten.