Dan Ireland to direct Bill Paxton, Ashley Judd in “Life Briefly”
It was confirmed today that Dan Ireland (“The Whole Wide World”, “Jolene”) will direct LIFE BRIEFLY starring Bill Paxton (“Titanic”, “Big Love”, “Nightcrawler”), Ashley Judd (“Divergent”, “Dolphin Tale”) and Ty Simpkins (“Jurassic World”).
The film will begin shooting in Atlanta, Georgia in late January 2016. A powerful drama about a young blind boy from Iowa with a dynamic father who is determined to push his son to success despite all obstacles. LIFE BRIEFLY is a Fade to Black Films production, in association with Thousand Dreams Productions.
Based on the true story of Brian Knapp, blind from an early age, LIFE BRIEFLY is about his journey to overcome his handicap and make his musical dreams come true. His parents are committed to make sure he lives a normal life. Especially his father who will do everything in his power to make Brian’s dreams realized even at the cost of damaging his marriage in the process. LIFE BRIEFLY is the story of their journey, and how it led the son to become a musical prodigy by age 13, playing with the likes of country legend Johnny Cash.
The screenplay is written by Brandon Willer and John Gaps. LIFE BRIEFLY is produced by Jim Brubaker, Oren Kamara, Josh Elliott, Bobby Pina & John Gaps.
Dan Ireland said: “On first read I fell in love with the Knapps. This was a story that had so much power and truth about the drive to live life to the fullest, it instantly captured me with its humanity, heartbreak and eventual triumph. It was a story I had to tell.”
Principal photography will take place primarily in and around Atlanta.