American High’s eighth movie is set to begin filming in Syracuse next month, and details of the project have now been officially announced.
Deadline reports “Dead to Me” actress Natalie Morales will make her solo feature directorial debut with “Plan B,” a Hulu original film which starts shooting in early October. The comedy will follow a straight-laced high school student and her slacker best friend who, after a regrettable first sexual encounter, have 24 hours to find a morning-after pill in America’s heartland.
“Never thought I’d read a headline like this, no matter how hard I worked. It’s only possible because a lot of special people took chances on me over the years,” Morales wrote on Twitter with a link to Deadline’s story. “I will always pay it fwd. The world may be going to s–t but that’s exactly why we can’t stop.”
Morales, a 35-year-old Florida native of Cuban descent, added the hashtag #RepresentationMatters.
The cast has not been announced, but Morales may have a role as she’s previously directed and starred in episodes HBO’s “Room 104” from Jay and Mark Duplass. Her credits also include “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” “Stuber,” “Santa Clarita Diet,” “Parks and Recreation,” “90210” and “The Newsroom.”
The screenplay is written by Prathi Srinivasan and Joshua Levy, known for “iZombie” and “Bollyweird.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, Josh Heald and Dina Hillier of Counterbalance Entertainment will produce the film, along with Jeremy Garelick, Will Phelps, Ryan Bennett of American High, Mickey Liddell and Pete Shilaimon of LD Entertainment, and Matt Lottman. Hurwitz, Schlossberg and Heald created the “Karate Kid” sequel series “Cobra Kai”; Hurwitz and Schlossberg also co-wrote the “Harold & Kumar” films.
“Plan B” was originally scheduled to start March 16, but was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. New York state guidelines for filming TV shows and movies amid Covid-19 include requiring face masks (with exceptions for actors during performances), limiting cast and crew to 50% capacity in indoor locations, holding auditions and casting calls virtually, and limiting scenes with close contact (e.g. fighting, dancing) or large crowds.
American High, based in Liverpool, N.Y., said earlier this month it was looking for background actors for several roles in “Plan B,” including high school students (18 to play teen), trucker types, teachers/pedestrians/customers, and “partiers.”
Founded by Garelick in 2017, American High has released five films (“The Binge,” “Holly Slept Over,” “Banana Split,” “Big Time Adolescence,” and “Looks That Kill”) this year. All were shot in Central New York at locations like Syracuse Studios (the former A.V. Zogg Middle School in Liverpool) and the Greater Syracuse Soundstage in DeWitt.
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