The Cincinnati Kid Goes to Hurricane Hit New Orleans

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Screenwriter-Director David M. O’Neill secures Richard Jessup’s classic novel “The Cincinnati Kid”.

Screenwriter and film director David M. O’Neill has penned a new adaptation from Pulitzer-nominated Richard Jessup’s classic 1963 novel, “The Cincinnati Kid”.

Originally produced in 1965 starring Steve McQueen, Edward G. Robinson, Karl Malden, Ann Margaret and Tuesday Weld, The Cincinnati Kid is now set in the devastated streets of current day post-Katrina New Orleans.

This intricate gambling thriller is O'Neill's follow up to his feature Player 5150 and follows the two iconic lead characters Lancey Hodges and The Cincinnati Kid through the hurricane-alley streets of New Orleans straight into the two men's notorious and famously celebrated showdown of Texas Hold ‘em.

Most recently, O’Neill wrote Breadwinner Films’ “The Black Tulip”, winning The Salento, Boston and the Beverly Hills International Film Festivals. The Black Tulip which screened in Kabul at the Arianna Cinema before General David Patreus and NATO Command was also selected by the Afghanistan Film Commission as its official designated entry into 2010’s Academy Awards as best foreign film (slated for release in October 2012).

Previously O’Neill wrote and directed feature films, “Player 5150” starring Chris McDonald and Shawshank Redemption's Bob Gutton released internationally through First Look Studios and “Five Aces” starring Two and Half Men and Anger Management Star Charlie Sheen, Chris McDonald and Tia Carrere released through 20th Century Fox.

O’Neill, represented by Marc Wax at Wax Entertainment, is partner and founder of Carolina Films. Carolina Films incubates, develops and produces feature film content across a wide spectrum of platforms.

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