After eight long years, the filming of the Aaron Sizemore penned, “Good Thief” has wrapped. Originally called “An Honest Thief,” this production started as Golden Globe nominated actor Tom Sizemore’s (Heat and Saving Private Ryan) passion project, and was to be a step toward rebuilding his up-and-down career following a public relapse.
Tom Sizemore was to both star and executive produce this noirish-thriller film-project from a script written by his younger brother Aaron Sizemore. Set in Sizemore’s hometown of Detroit, Michigan, it was set to film on location.
The crime drama revolves around three petty thieves who hatch a plan to rip off a local pawnbroker and steal his valuable baseball card collection. As their worlds collide, all sorts of bloody mayhem seem fated to follow..
In 2014 a crowdfunding campaign was announced, This would have been r Tom Sizemore’s first film as a producer and with the producers also would have attached Danny Trejo (Machete), Sally Kellerman (MASH), and David Proval (The Sopranos, Mean Streets) to the project.
The filmmakers sought $500,000 on Indiegogo to supplement private funds already raised toward a $2 million-plus budget, with perks on offer such as signed posters, walk-on roles or lunch with Sizemore himself. Polimedia Films’ Charles Lago and Chris Johnson would have produced An Honest Thief with Daniel Zirilli for PopArt Films.
But production hit several stops. Starting, sputtering and stopping as it did, it never seemed to take off. That is until Detroit director Lance Kawas (Revenge of the Mask (2018), Rise of the Mask (2019), and Oden’s 9 (2020)), and his crew were approached to helm this project.
As Kawas tells it, the reason this project never took off was “because they could not secure the right financing until recently and I was hired to direct it.
“I was asked to direct it about two months prior to production so I also came in as a producer and crewed it and got the locations and built my team around it to make it happen.”
Kawas was approached approximately two months before he would take the reins of the production of this film. He continues, “There were other directors attached during the course of its inception but like in most films the environment changes and plans change. But I guess it worked out for me.
“Basically I agreed to the funding that was available and I marshaled my A-team and they agreed to the terms so we took it on. As you know my team and I have been doing film together for a while so like osmosis, it all worked out.”
Produced by Aaron Sizemore, Hicham Benkirane, Lance Kawas, Robert Laenen, with Lance Kawas directing, Marguerite Wasinski as Assistant Director, Cinematography by Istvan Lettang, Matthew Sisco on sound, “Good Thief” stars Robert Laenen (as Carl), Ebony Tates (as Sarah), Peter Donahue (as Danny), Jimmy Doom (as Honest Abe), Jimmie Chiappelli (as Abe’s father), Virginia Bryant (as Tara), Melanie Mahanna (as Penny), Aaron Matthew Atkisson (as Larry), Jillian Craighead (as Taylor), Adam Defillipi (as Edgar), and Antoine Jackson (as Mr. Good), among others.
“Good Thief” is schedule for release in 2021.