Two movies about 'White Boy' Rick aren't enough for Hollywood

May 20, 2015 at 1:27 pm

News comes to us from the good folks at Deadline Detroit that a third film is in the works focusing on the life and times of "White Boy" Rick Wershe Jr., the convicted drug dealer who's been cooling his heels in prison since 1987. You remember 1987? Well, about 100 million Americans don't. The president was Ronald Wilson Reagan, a gallon of gas cost 95 cents, and Americans were grooving to "Walk Like an Egyptian" by the Bangles. You sure don't see that today.

Maybe that's what's driving the desire to make a movie about Detroit's "bad old days," when a white kid from Detroit made millions by being a drug dealer, all while playing informant to several law enforcement agencies. Now 45 years old, Wershe has served more time than any juvenile offender in Michigan's penal history.

The two films already under development are in the works at Universal, which optioned the article "The Trials of White Boy Rick," and Studio 8, which acquired a script by Logan and Noah Miller.

The project most recently announced may have the most prestige. It's from Protozoa Pictures, to be directed by Darren Aronofsky, based on a script by Andrew Weiss with input from Wershe himself, which some say proves this will be the definitive film. The news was announced late last month.

As they say, pass the popcorn.