‘Lodge Mumbai’s Anthony Maras To Write & Direct ’70s True Crime Thriller ‘Peachtree’ On Atlanta Smut King

EXCLUSIVE: Lodge Mumbai director Anthony Maras is about to put in writing and direct Peachtree, a ’70s true-crime saga concerning the spectacular rise and fall of Atlanta porn king Mike Thevis. Maras is reunited on the mission with Lodge Mumbai producer and principal fairness financiers Jomon Thomas and S’YA Idea.

Anthony Maras
Verve

Thevis was born right into a poor Greek immigrant household, and he would go on to construct the most important pornography community in America. A person of stark contradictions, Thevis by the 1970s commandeered a sprawling empire of smut from his base within the puritanical Deep South, whereas concurrently operating a plethora of legit companies with an almost all-female government crew. Craving respectability, he sunk tens of millions into the humanities, music, films and charities however in the end was purchased down in a noxious net of homicide, blackmail, arson and extortion.

The image has been a ardour mission of Maras’ for years, however the filmmaker put Peachtree on maintain to co-write and direct Lodge Mumbai, one other closely researched true story, which launched to worldwide acclaim this 12 months. Maris can also be the son of Greek migrants, and he first heard about Thevis from members of the family who got here from the identical area of Greece because the Thevis clan.

“The extra I learnt about this man and his world, the extra obsessed I turned,” Maras stated. “Over time my crew and I unearthed 1000’s of pages of paperwork and dozens of eyewitness testimonies. We lodged FOI requests for presidency case information. We sifted by countless containers of archives in Atlanta — it was only a treasure trove of riches for a storyteller.”

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Jomon Thomas
Jomon Thomas

Thomas and S’YA Idea signed on to totally fund growth primarily based on an expansive analysis file and remedy written by Maras.

“After seeing Anthony’s contribution to Lodge Mumbai, backing this mission was a no brainer,” Thomas stated. “As with Mumbai, he’s put collectively a monumental analysis file, has a deep cultural understanding of the protagonist and his world and an instinctual grasp for these kinds of true tales.”

Maras and Thomas will produce and Natalya Pavchinskaya shall be government producer below the S’YA Idea banner. Thomas individually is teamed with Thunder Highway’s Basil Iwanyk in producing Oscar nominee Dev Patel’s directorial debut Monkey Man, which is able to start manufacturing early subsequent 12 months.

Anthony Maras is repped by Verve and Hirsch Wallerstein.