Disgraced ex-Miami Beach Mayor Alex Daoud to bring story to big screenSins of South Beach, the autobiographical exposé by Miami Beachs felonious former mayor Alex Daoud, is to become a major motion picture.Similar Stories:
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•American Black Film Festival comes back to MiamiBY DAVID SMILEYDSMILEY@MIAMIHERALD.COMFrom Miami Beachs highest ranking official, to federal prison inmate, to self-published author, Alex Daoud is ready to open a new chapter in his life — on the big screen.
On Friday, sitting in the same hotel where six years ago the three-term mayor first apologized for his illegal “behavior and handed out excerpts from his then-unfinished book Sins of South Beach, Daoud announced plans to turn his autobiographical exposé into a major motion picture.“I feel fantastic, said a jovial Daoud from a standing-room only conference room in the Fontainebleau Hotel.Thats a dramatic turnaround from 16 years ago, when he was stewing in prison on an 18-month sentence, “in the depths of depression and “contemplating suicide.Daoud was a commissioner starting in 1979 and then mayor of Miami Beach from 1985 until 1991, overseeing a city in the grips of the Miami Vice era.He published his book in 2006, detailing vigilante justice, sex, drugs, murder, and — of course — corruption.Daoud, now a 66-year-old property manager, was disgraced when he was removed from office in 1991 and two years later was convicted of tax evasion, obstructing an investigation and accepting bribes while in office. He lost his family, his home, and was disbarred as an attorney.Daoud wouldnt say how much he is to profit from the movie, which is to be produced by Philippe Martinez, of Clearwater. Martinez, whose long film history includes works such as Modigliani with Andy Garcia, purchased the rights from LionShark Entertainment.Martinez said they agreed to make the movie about four weeks ago over cigars.Plans for the film are still shaky. Martinez said that besides Daoud, the main characters havent been decided — telling the whole story would take a miniseries, he said — much less the cast.The one thing Martinez is sure of is where the film will begin.“Were going to start the movie in jail and treat the movie as a flashback to a certain moment in his life, Martinez said.Martinez said he plans to start shooting in September and hopes to release the movie in the summer of 2011, with the premiere to be shown in South Beach. He said the budget will be about $15 million, and at least half the movie is to be shot on Miami Beach.For now, Martinez said Daoud will be taking him around Miami Beach so he can get a feel for what life is like on the Million Dollar Sandbar.Martinez has full creative control, but he said he isnt going to simply paint a glowing picture of the author.“Im not making this movie to say that Alex is the greatest man.Save 50% off regular home delivery subscription! Click here.