FilmDistrict Gets The Last Word


FilmDistrict announced today that it will co-finance the supernatural horror tale The Last Word, from screenwriter Ben Ketai.

Based on actual events, the horror film will focus on the strange and tragic aftermath endured by the participants in the trial of a young man in Texas who was wrongly convicted and executed for the rape and murder of a nun.

“After hearing about this story and reading Ben’s script, we were compelled to work on this unique project,” said FilmDistrict’s CEO Peter Schlessel. “We’re excited for audiences across the world to be disturbed and fascinated by this bone chilling story.”

Mancuso added, “’Based on a true story’ has been overused as a marketing ploy however this film will scorch an indelible imprint on those who see it. The powerful words of this dying man will never be forgotten.”

Boss Media’s Frank Mancuso, Jr. will produce the project along with Eric Gores, Peter Facinelli and Rob DeFranco of A7SLE Films, and Peter Schlessel and Lia Buman on behalf of FilmDistrict. The project is slated to commence production this summer with plans for FilmDistrict to release the film domestically in 2014.

Ketai’s most recent writing credit includes “Chosen,” the original series on Crackle starring Milo Ventimiglia. He also wrote the FEARnet series “Devil’s Night” and “30 Days of Night” as well.

Lia Buman, FilmDistrict’s Executive Vice-President of Acquisitions, Jennifer Nieves Gordon, Boss Media’s Vice President, and Rob DeFranco, A7SLE Film’s Head of Production, will oversee the project on behalf of their respective companies.