Sam Okun Productions is a Film, Financing and Television Production Company specializing in developing a wide range of content from original screenplays to book adaptations. Sam Okun most recently produced the feature film PRISONER’S DAUGHTER directed by Catherine Hardwick which stars Kate Beckinsale and Brian Cox; the film will have its world premiere at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival.
Currently Sam is developing contemporary remakes and sequels of two of multi-Oscar nominated director Otto Preminger’s most notable films, ANATOMY OF A MURDER which garnered seven Academy Award nominations and ADVISE AND CONSENT which was nominated for both the BAFTA and the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or.
Sam Okun has cultivated a reputation as a tireless advocate of book to film adaptations and is currently working with many best-selling authors and novels such as: “Rendezvous In Black” written by famed film-noir great, Cornell Woolrich (also author of the book from which the classic Hitchcock film: “Rear Window” was adapted); the screenplay “The Secret Detectives” is an adaptation of an early Agatha Christie novel; and “Swimming to Atlantis”, another novel set up at Walt Disney Motion Pictures; as well as “Rich Deceiver” being developed with Twentieth Century Studios.
For Television, Okun is developing the novel, “The First Stone” written by John Briley (Academy Award winner of “Best Screenplay” for the film “Gandhi”, which also won the Academy Award for “Best Picture”); “The Laura Winslow Mystery Novels”, a seven book crime series published by Harper Collins which Okun and his team are readying as a dramatic series; and “Anatomy of a Scam”, a novel published by Penguin Random House which documents the crimes and corruption of Ricardo Martinelli, the former President of a Panama. Okun also has original projects in development at Paramount Pictures, Netflix and Amazon Studios.
Sam’s early productions include a feature film adaptation of the classic Jack London novel: “Call Of The Wild”, "Anya’s Bell” nominated for The Emmy Award and the prestigious Humanities Award; and “She Drives Me Crazy”. Okun also produced and directed the feature documentary “The Secret World of Superfans” which premiered at The International Comic-Con Film Festival; the film explores the phenomenon of extreme fandom and the motivations of “Fantasy Fans” and stars an assortment of actors and directors including Academy Award winner Gary Oldman, Malcolm McDowell, John Carpenter and Roger Corman.
As a skilled producer adept at securing compelling new material and cutting-edge talent as well as forging deep relationships with studio executives, agents, writers, directors and actors, Okun is constantly striving to expand his production banner’s diverse slate of films with a sharp eye that demonstrates his unique taste and creative sensibilities.