The news of today becomes the movies of tomorrow, and Hawai‘i’s crystal meth epidemic is no exception.
Last year, while Hollywood director Daniel Zirilli was shooting a film in Hawai‘i, he noticed signs on houses and trucks: “No Ice.” He quickly learned of the pervasive use of crystal meth throughout the islands and the devastation it was causing. Over the next year Zirilli paid attention when meth was in the news.
On a business trip to Costa Rica, he was finally inspired to take action.
“I read an article on the impact of glass (ice) on some Indian reservations,” he states in a press release. “I was moved to tears by the story of a family who had lost their son to meth, and buried his body in front of their own house, just so others entering the reservation would recognize what meth is doing to their culture.”
On the plane, Zirilli began to formulate his response.
“I wrote a treatment and started a draft on a screenplay called ‘Glass,’” he says.
In August, Zirilli will begin principal photography on Moloka‘i, and two actors with major Hollywood names have signed on.
Anthony Quinn’s son Alex and Kevin Costner’s nephew Michael will team up, bringing their famous last names to the same silver screen for the first time since Anthony Quinn and Kevin Costner starred in “Revenge” in 1990.
“I look forward to working with Michael and having a new generation of ‘Quinn & Costner’ represent such an important message.” Quinn states in the release.
“Glass” follows the downfall of an 18-year-old girl who, over the course of a summer, gets hooked on meth and tracks the deterioration of her health and mental state on an unnamed tropical island, the release states.