Turning Point Pictures & Angela Bettis to make Catholic/Jewish movie

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Turning Point Pictures & Angela Bettis Catholic Filmmakers…

Angela Bettis

In Los Angeles, Turning Point Pictures & Angela Bettis are looking to bring Tobit, a modern comedic Jewish family adventure spec by professor/scribe Burt Reynolds. The Pic will be produced by Turning Point Pictures, through his Amsterdam Ink Society, along with Angela Bettis and Adam Sandler’s Entertainment Group.  They will be represented by Agency For The Performing Arts and Tobit.

Burt Reynolds Tobit Writer

PREMISE: Tobit is an observant Dutch Jew living in Amsterdam. He lives correctly, giving alms and burying the dead. In spite of his good works, Tobit is struck blind. Concurrent with Tobit’s story is that of Sarah, daughter of one of Tobit’s distant relative, whose seven successive husbands are each killed by a demon on their wedding night. When Tobit and Sarah pray to God for deliverance, God sends the angel Raphael to act as intercessor. Tobit regains his sight, and Sarah marries Tobit’s son Tobias. The story closes with Tobit’s thanksgiving and an account of his death. This is actually a Jewish short story possibly dating from Persian times in some Bibles is the book of Tobit, named after the father of its hero.

TITLE: Tobit (script download)

ACTORS: Mel Gibson invovled in Tobit movie!

GENRE: Religious drama, Jewish drama, drama.

TIME: 1920-1040

SETTING: Amsterdam, Neatherlands

MARKET: USA, International

MORE INFO: some ideas

Extraction 2 Screenplay Download (.pdf)

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