MDIA alum Andrew Crabtree recently sold his first feature film, Inherit the Viper, which is now in production. The film stars Josh Hartnett and Margarita Levieva.
Per the Deadline Magazine article written by Patrick Hipes and found here,
Josh Hartnett and The Deuce‘s Margarita Levieva have been set to star in Inherit the Viper, a crime thriller revolving around the timely topic of the prescription drug epidemic ravaging the U.S. Swiss-born Anthony Jerjen is making his feature directorial debut on the pic, which is based on an original script by Andrew Crabtree. Elle and Toni Erdmann producer Michel Merkt is producing, with Benito Mueller also producing and Wolfgang Mueller executive producing via their Barry Films (The Whistleblower).
Set in West Virginia, the plot follows siblings Kip (Hartnett), Josie (Levieva) and Boots as they try to escape the spiral of violence that has held them captive since their father’s passing. In these regions left behind by the economy, selling drugs has become their way of survival. A business that is very hard to quit – at least not alive.
“Inherit the Viper is a visceral story of a family fighting to escape its destiny,” Merkt said. “I am thrilled to be able to tell it on this third collaboration with the incredibly talented director Anthony Jerjen, whose career I have been following since its very inception.”
Added Benito Mueller: “The opioid drug epidemic has become an extremely relevant topic and we hope that Andrew Crabtree’s touching story will resonate with audiences worldwide, as a great thriller and also as a cautionary tale.”
Hartnett, coming off Showtime’s Penny Dreadful and next up in James Franco’s The Long Home, is repped by UTA and Management 360. Levieva, who plays Abby Parker on HBO’s ’70s-set New York City drama The Deuce, is with UTA and Silver Lining Entertainment.
Andrew Crabtree studied “Video” back in 2009 (taking a variety of screenwriting and producing courses). This was before the Screenwriting and Producing major was created.
His senior year, Crabtree worked with another student Mike Deas to write and produce a musical short called A Little Bit Crooked. They worked with MDIA professor Eric Williams as an independent study project their senior year, and receive PURF funding to produce the short. This project went on to win the Librarians’ Choice Award at the Student Research and Creativity Expo and garnered Video-On-Demand distribution at the Black Swamp Film Festival. Inherit the Viper is his first feature film sold.