Ace Entertainment Teams With Directors Henry Joost & Rel Schulman For 12-Year Old Troublemaker Pic

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Exclusive: Producer Matt Kaplan’s Ace Entertainment has acquired life rights to the true story of a 12-year old who tricks his family, steals his mom’s credit card and runs away to Bali for the trip of a lifetime. The project, which Paranormal Activity 3 & 4 directors Henry Joost and Rel Schulman are attached to direct, is described as Home Alone meets Catch Me If You Can.

Brendan O’Brien is writing the screenplay. The story about the Sydney, Australia boy went viral last year and was covered by The Guardian, The Independent and The Washington Post. Reports protected his real identity, using the pseudonym Drew in their write-ups.

The untitled project is set up at Paramount Players where Kaplan and Ace Entertainment have a first look deal. Kaplan will produce alongside Joost and Schulman who will produce through their shingle Supermarché. O’Brien will executive produce.

Joost and Schulman directed the hit documentary,
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