Set in Chicago, the feature will center on the campaign to tear apart the young Civil Rights movement from the inside.
Cedar Park — the recently launched indie studio from David Ayer and Chris Long — has optioned the script for real life political drama Cointelpro.
Set in 1960s Chicago, the feature chronicles a campaign of lies, sabotage and assassination intended to tear apart the young Civil Rights movement from the inside. “Cointelpro” was the name of a massive rogue spy operation conducted by the FBI targeting progressive political activists.
Cointelpro comes from writing partners Leon Hendrix and Ajani Jackson, who met at Columbia University’s MFA Film program.
Long and Ayer are set to produce the feature via Cedar Park, which was announced at the beginning the year. The first project from the indie banner will be Starz mob drama Family Crimes, written by Ayer. The company recently acquired Stephen King’s The Bone Church, with plans to adapt the narrative poem into a dramatic series.
Hendrix, repped by CAA and Grandview, also wrote the Black List script The White Devils. Jackson is repped by Tash Moseley Management.
Cedar Park is repped by CAA.