EXCLUSIVE: Everyone hates Chris co-creator Ali LeRoi will lead American refugee – the second film in Blumhouse Television’s recent partnership with Epix.
It comes after the producer struck a deal with MGM-owned cable network to make eight TV movies, including A house on the Bayou, of Don’t tell a soul writer and director Alex McAulay.
American refugee centers on a family seeking refuge in their neighbor’s bunker, when the US economy is collapsing and the nation is under martial law, and the danger inside is potentially greater than the danger outside.
It was written by Allison and Nicolas Buckmelter, whose screenplay received the Nicholl Academy Award for Screenwriting.
LeRoi is best known for co-creating CBS ‘ Everyone hates Chris with Chris Rock, after meeting the comedian on his late night talk show The Chris Rock Show. He recently directed the independent drama The Obituary of Tunde Johnson, which premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.
American refugee is produced by Jason Blum, Chris McCumber, Jeremy Gold for Blumhouse and Lisa Bruce.
Ali LeRoi is represented by WME, 3 Arts Entertainment and Ziffren Brittenham LLP. Alison and Nicolas Buckmelter are represented by Paradigm and Hanson Jacobson.