John Patrick Shanley writes and directs The Twinkle Brothers for Rivulet Media

Oscar winner and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer John Patrick Shanley will write and direct the upcoming comedy The Twinkle Brothers for Rivulet Media. Rivulet Films will produce under the direction of President Rob Paris. Filming will begin in New York this fall.

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The Twinkle Brothers is a story told by Avuncular cafe owner Mordecai who, when tasked with looking after his precocious six-year-old granddaughter Rita for an afternoon, spins a thread on Freddie and Miguel, two insanely competitive brothers from Puerto Rico who come to New York and end up with competing restaurants right across the street. The brothers stop at nothing to be the best on the block and intensify the competition to the delight of their neighbors, who are pampered with bizarrely spectacular light shows, dueling Santa Clauses and seemingly endless plates of delicious and calming food.

Shanley is a playwright, screenwriter, and director whose original screenplay Moonstruckwon the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. Shanley also wrote and directed the Miramax Academy Award and was nominated by the Golden Globe doubtwith Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Viola Davis and is based on his Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning piece “Doubt, A Parable”. Most recently Shanley wrote and directed Bleecker Street’s Wild mountain thyme, an adaptation of his play “Outside Mullingar” with Emily Blunt, Jamie Dornan, Jon Hamm and Christopher Walken.

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The Twinkle Brothers reunites Shanley with Paris, who previously served as Shanley’s agent during his tenure with CAA. Said Paris “I missed speaking to John every day so much that I followed him until he agreed to let me be part of this movie. I can’t wait to get started. ”

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