Biker Boyz – Brendan’s new film role
From Hollywood Reporter:
Idle ‘Biker Boyz’ revving back up at DreamWorks
July 16, 2002
LOS ANGELES (The Hollywood Reporter) — After Fox 2000 put it in turnaround, the urban motorcycle project “Biker Boyz” has driven off to DreamWorks Pictures, where it has been given a green light with a fully loaded cast headed by Laurence Fishburne, Derek Luke, Orlando Jones, Brendan Fehr and Meagan Good.
Shooting is set to start July 31 with filmmaker Reggie Rock Bythewood (“Dancing in September”) at the helm. “Biker Boyz” is based on an article of the same name penned by Michael Gougis and published in April 2000 in the alternative newsweekly New Times Los Angeles. Shortly after the article was published, producer Stephanie Allain set the project up at Fox 2000, where it was developed for two years and finally put in turnaround last month.
Billed as a contemporary Western on motorcycles, “Biker Boyz” is set in the rarely seen world of black motorcycle clubs and follows the real-life exploits of Manuel Galloway (Fishburne), a California motorcycle club president and quarter-mile racer also known as the King of Cali. He’s surrounded by lawyers and city workers by day who drop their “normal” lives to don leather gear and bet on their bikes.
Bythewood penned the screenplay from an original draft by Craig Fernandez. Allain and Gina Prince Bythewood are producing along with 3 Arts Entertainment’s Erwin Stoff and executive producer Don Kurt. At DreamWorks, the project is being overseen by production executive Leah Keith.
Fishburne, repped by Paradigm and Landmark Artists, recently finished shooting the two “Matrix” follow-ups for Warner Bros. Pictures. After finishing “Biker Boyz,” he will segue to the Clint Eastwood-directed “Mystic River.”
Luke is repped by CAA, manager Marianne Golan and the law firm Colden, McKuin and Frankel. He next stars in the title role of Denzel Washington’s directorial debut, “Antwone Fisher,” for Fox Searchlight Pictures.
Jones is repped by CAA, 3 Arts Entertainment and the law firm Ziffren Brittenham Branca Fischer Gilbert-Lurie. He can next be seen in Fox 2000’s “Drumline.”
Fehr is repped by Endeavor, manager Will Ward and manager Jim Sheasgreen of Canada’s Look Management. He’s best known for his work on the sci-fi series “Roswell.”
Good is repped by Agency for the Performing Arts and Lighthouse Entertainment. She next stars in the Gary Hardwick-directed “Deliver Us From Eva.”