Blumhouse has announced today that they have tapped Ali LeRoi to direct American Refugee. The film is written by Allison & Nicolas Buckmelter. The script for American Refugee was awarded the distinguished Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting, an international screenwriting competition identifying talented new screenwriters.
The plot, according to Blumhouse, is: With the American economy in collapse and the nation under martial law, a family seeks shelter in their neighbor’s bunker, where the danger inside is potentially greater than the danger outside.
LeRoi is best known for co-creating the television hits Everybody Hates Chris with Chris Rock, and garnered multiple Emmy nominations for The Chris Rock Show winning an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program. He received multiple award nominations including a WGA Award for Everybody Hates Chris and won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series. LeRoi most recently helmed the indie drama The Obituary of Tunde Johnson, which premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival and was awarded the Jury Prize at OUTshine 2020 and the Audience Award at LA Outfest 2020.
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