Following its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival, a descriptive feature will be adapted from Sister and Market Road Films.
Directed by Emma Francis-Snyder and produced by Market Road Films’ Tony Garber, the short documentary documentary chronicles 12 historic moments in 1970 when 50 members of the Young Lord’s Party attacked the dilapidated Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx and their cries for worldwide health. The acquisition of Lincoln Hospital resulted in the Patient Bill of Rights, marking the 50th anniversary of its adoption the following year. And although Young Lords failed to achieve their universal healthcare goal, the bill is still the basis of care today.
Garber and Lynn Notage of Market Road Films will create the narrative feature with Miranda Jr. at Lewis, who will be the executive producer. Francis-Snyder will act as a consultant on this project.
Renowned playwright and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Jose Rivera teamed up to write the screenplay. Rivera is best known for her adaptations of the upcoming Netflix series of “The Motorcycle Diary”, “On the Road” and Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s “One Hundred Years of Solitude”. He is representing UTA and Code Entertainment.
The feature adaptation has also secured the support of some of the original Young Lords featured in the documentary (launched October 12 on the New York Times’ Op-Docs platform), who will serve as consultants on the scripted re-telling.
“Takeover” marks the first Market Road Films project that came out of its first look deal with Sister, co-founded by Elizabeth Murdoch, Stacey Snyder and Jane Featherstone. Sister Featherstone’s Emmy and BAFTA Award-winning scripted indie studio, Sister Pictures (an independent, modern studio with offices in London and LA), aims to produce hit shows including “Chernobyl” and create investor dreamers. Sky / HBO), “Gangs of London” (Sky / AMC) and “Giri / Haji” (BBC / Netflix).