Sony is developing a film based on the documentary 12 O'Clock Boys. The project hails from Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith's Overbrook Entertainment with Pinkett Smith, Clarence Hammond and Caleeb Pinkett producing, according to Deadline.
The 2013 documentary followed black dirt bike riders in Baltimore as they live life to the fullest while staying ahead of the police. Directed by Lofty Nathan, the documentary's lead character was Pug, described on the film's website as "a bright kid from the Westside obsessed with the riders and willing to do anything to join their ranks." Nathan wrote in an op-ed for The New York Times that the 12 O'Clock Boys, "as reckless as they may be, provide a sense of purpose for many of Baltimore's marginalized youth."
The documentary wowed audiences during its SXSW premiere. Throughout its time on the indie circuit, the film has earned several awards, including the HBO Emerging Artist Award at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, the Cinema Eye Honors Award and the Best Documentary Feature from the Philadelphia Film Festival.
Casting for the film has already started, and the film will go into production this October.