Award-winning director and artist Nicholas Verso (Boys in the Trees, The Last Time I Saw Richard) has signed on to direct The Ice Cream Man, about two brothers who are terrorized by a sinister being, Bloody Disgusting learned.
The project was announced today by Covert Media’s CEO Paul Hanson (Ophelia, Naked) who is producing the film alongside Broken Road Productions’ Todd Garner (True Memoirs of an International Assassin, Knight and Day) and Ryan Lewis (Naked, The Ballad of Lefty Brown). The film was written by Justin Powell (Off Season, Secret Admirer) and David Charbonier (Off Season, Secret Admirer).
Currently in pre-production, the film is the next production under the two-year first look deal announced between Covert and Broken Road. Current productions include Paul Franklin’s Resurface and the Netflix production Naked starring Marlon Wayans released in 2017.
In 2016, Verso’s debut feature film, Boys In The Trees, made its world premiere at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival before unspooling at festivals around the world including Toronto, Busan, Sitges and Austin Film Festival where the film won Best Feature. Verso’s short film work includes Hugo (winner of the Grand Prize for Fantasy at the Rhode Island International Film Festival) and The Last Time I Saw Richard funded through Screen Australia’s Springboard programme and the winner of several awards including Best Short Film at the 2014 AACTA Awards and Best Emerging Filmmaker at the Melbourne Queer Film Festival.