Abdi Nazemian discussed his novel THE AUTHENTICS with Fenton Bailey and James St. James on Sirius XM's WOW Report Book Report. Skip ahead to 1:24:39 to see Abdi discuss the book. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2fuG24nKHM
Real Screen announced news of Abdi's latest project with World of Wonder, an adaptation of the documentary OUT OF IRAQ. Read the complete piece here, or below: Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato‘s prodco World of Wonder is slated to adapt the Emmy Award-winning documentary Out of Iraq into a scripted film. Co-directed by Academy- and Emmy Award-winner Eva Orner and Chris McKim, the doc follows the story of two Iraqi men – Nayyef, a U.S. translator, and B’too, an Iraqi soldier – who fall in love and flee Iraq after one of them becomes the target of an honor killing. World of Wonder served as producers on the award-winning doc. The documentary originally aired on LGBT-focused net Logo, and was feted with the 2017 Outstanding Special Class Special Emmy. Attached to pen the fictional script is Water’s
Awards Daily interviewed Abdi about Menendez: Blood Brothers. Click here for the full interview. An excerpt:
This is the first time you’ve tackled crime, what made you want to explore this genre?I was in high school when the Menendez trials happened, and we were all really fascinated by it. So much so that I remember having a party when Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills aired. Everyone came in tennis clothes. That was a long time ago. Now, as a writer, I think what true crime gives us is a lens through which we can to look at social issues. When I got the chance to write this movie, what I was so taken by is how much of the story I missed back then because it was so easy to get lost in the narrative of spoiled rich kids who murdered their parents. Looking at it now as an adult and through
The WOW Report has a comprehensive rundown of all the press coverage for MENENDEZ: BLOOD BROTHERS, written by Abdi. Click here for the rundown, which includes interviews with the cast and filmmakers, reviews, and clips of Courtney Love talking about the film on Good Morning America and Late Night with Seth Meyers.
On February 9, 2017, The Hollywood Reporter announced the cast for Lifetime's Menendez Brothers movie, written by Abdi. Read the complete piece here. An excerpt: The infamous Menendez family tree is now fully cast. Lifetime's original movie about the Menendez brothers has cast Nico Tortorella as Lyle Menendez and Myko Olivier as younger brother Erik Menendez, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The family patriarch, Jose Menendez, will be played by American Crime's Benito Martinez. The trio join Courtney Love, who will play the mother, Kitty Menendez. The untitled project, based on the true story of the 1989 murders of Jose and Kitty Menendez at the hands of their sons, Lyle and Erik, was written by Abdi Nazemian (The Quiet) and will be directed by reality TV producers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (Ru Paul's Drag Race). Charles Pugliese (Cairo Time) also is attached as an executive producer.