ContentFilm has greenlit the screen adaptation of cult 1970swriter Donald Goines' hitman drama Daddy Cool.

The New York-based company announced it would finance and producethe project just days before Friday's release (26) through Fox Searchlight ofits other Goines adaptation, Never Die Alone.

Never Die Alone director Ernest Dickerson is expected to direct Daddy Cool, which centres on a hitman whose life isturned upside-down when his teenage daughter runs away from home to live withher boyfriend, sparking a tragic confrontation between the men.

ContentFilm's Alessandro Camon will produce and James Gibson willserve as executive producer along with Marc Gerald and ContentFilm chairmanEdward R Pressman and president John Schmidt. Oren Moverman (Jesus' Son) adapted the screenplay.

Talks are underway for DMX to play a supporting role with hisBloodline Pictures sharing producer duties. The producers are in talks with anumber of actors for the lead roles.

Michael Roban, ContentFilm's head of business affairs andacquisitions, negotiated with Holloway House's Bentley Morris for the rights toDaddy Cool and is intalks with representatives for Dickerson and DMX, among others.

ContentFilm'sthriller Undertow,which stars Jamie Bell, Josh Lucas and Dermot Mulroney, will be releasedthrough UA this autumn. The company also produced The Cooler, which Lions Gate released last year.