The Last Word
Based on an incredible true story, THE LAST WORD is a terrifying tale of vengeance from beyond the grave. Produced by Robert DeFranco, Frank Mancuso, Jr., Peter Facinelli and Eric Gores. On Halloween night 1981, a Catholic nun is savagely murdered. In a haze of fear, the authorities in Amarillo, Texas feel compelled to solve the case quickly amidst widespread panic and lynch mob anger. Soon a suspect emerges as 18-year-old Johnny Frank Garrett is arrested and put on trial.
Overlooking evidence that could have cleared his name, the jury passes swift judgment and Garrett is convicted and sentenced to death. But from the moment of his arrest until his last breath Garrett professes his innocence, and following his execution a letter is found in his cell written in a voice driven by a dark force, promising retribution and cursing the souls of anyone connected with his demise.
Within weeks of his execution, Johnny's terrifying prophecy is unleashed as a series of unexplained deaths strike down those involved in the cover-up. As his parade of victims grows, it is left to one conscience-stricken juror to exonerate Johnny and break his curse before it’s too late…
Executive Produced by Robert DeFranco - Bobby a NYC pickpocket, tempts fate with the long arm of the law by lifting the badge of a New York City Detective (Michael Madsen) much to the annoyance of his viciously manipulative fence (Vincent Gallo). While playing this dangerous game of cat and mouse, Bobby runs into an even bigger challenge… a recent one-night stand named Lucy (Jaimie Alexander). Three months after their passionate affair Bobby must face reality when Lucy informs him she is pregnant. Suddenly two different worlds collide, forcing Bobby to reevaluate a lifetime of missteps. In a city where he once got by being invisible, Bobby is now very much exposed and hunted by the police.
The Devil's Rooming House
Based on the book of the same name, The Devil's Rooming is in pre-production, produced by Robert DeFranco, Kevin Sisti, Ray Espositio, and Peter Facinelli.
A silent, simmering killer terrorized New England in 1911. A heat wave unlike any that had come before killed people in the streets, caused others to drown in the waters where they sought relief, and drove still others to suicide. As more than 2,000 people died during the natural disaster, another silent killer began her own murderous spree. Amy Archer-Gilligan operated the Archer Home for Elderly People and Chronic Invalids in Windsor, Connecticut. What was thought to be a respectable business run by a pioneering woman was exposed as little more than a murder factory. Amy would be accused of murdering both her husbands and dozens (as many as sixty) of her elderly patients with cocktails of lemonade and arsenic—all for money. She would be convicted and sentenced to hang, and her story would shock turn-of-the-century America and provide the inspiration for the Broadway sensation and classic film Arsenic and Old Lace. Acclaimed crime writer and New York Times bestselling author M. William Phelps has written the first book to tell the true story of greed and murder even more shocking than its fictional counterpart.
Currently in development, Produced by Robert DeFranco, Kevin Sisti and Ray Esposito, based on the legend of Cropsey.
War & Football
Based on the memoir of former NFL Player Tom McManus, War & Football is produced by Robert DeFranco and is currently in development.
Written and Directed by Robert DeFranco, "Telling You" was acquired at The Hollywood Film Festival by Miramax Films.
Based on the graphic novel, Protocol: Orphans co-created by Robert DeFranco, the series is in development at Fox Networks. Amanda Segel (Person of Interest, Nikita), Robert DeFranco and Peter Facinelli serve as producers with Ross Richie, Stephen Christy and Josh Levy serving as executive producers.
Protocol: Orphans - Adopted by the government. Trained as deadly spies. Abandoned by everybody but each other.
Grabbed up by the United States government and thrown into training camps, orphans around the country have been raised to become America’s next generation of superspies. Now, as adults, they live amongst us, ready for ‘the family’ to call them back into action. And being a member of this family means a lifetime of death, danger, changed identities and buried memories. After the mysterious murder of a fellow orphan, our agents are thrust head first into another mission.
Based on Edward MacKenzie's gripping memoir, the mini-series was picked up by Fox and then put into turnaround.
For decades the FBI let James “Whitey” Bulger get away with murder, an almost unbelievable story that entered a new chapter when Bulger was arrested in California and put on trial. During the 1980s, Edward J. MacKenzie, Jr., “Eddie Mac,” was a drug dealer and enforcer who would do just about anything for Bulger. In this compelling eyewitness account, the first from a Bulger insider, Eddie Mac delivers the goods on his one-time boss and on such former associates as Stephen ''The Rifleman'' Flemmi and turncoat FBI agent John Connolly. Eddie Mac provides a window onto a world rarely glimpsed by those on the outside.
Jennie Garth: A Little Bit Country
Executive Produced by Ben Silverman, Robert DeFranco, Jimmy Fox and Jennie Garth, A Little Bit Country premiered on CMT.