Hollywood Producer Darren Moorman read a book that changed his life and he knew he had to make it into a movie. Ten years later, on October 20, 2017, this inspiring film SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME will be released nationwide (USA), as the first joint film partnership between Paramount Pictures and Pure Flix. In today’s interview, Darren takes us backstage, sharing stories from the making of the movie, along with some serendipitous connections that arose along the way.
SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME is based on the New York Times best-seller of the same name and recounts the inspiring true story of a successful businessman with a broken marriage, an emotionally scarred homeless man with sensitivity beyond his circumstances, and the woman who helped them experience a bond that crossed the racial and socioeconomic divides that could have separated them.
The film follows Ron Hall (Greg Kinnear) an international art dealer, whose home life in Dallas is nowhere near as fulfilling as his professional one. He has long since stopped working on anything but appearances in his marriage, a practice he likely inherited from his estranged alcoholic father (Jon Voight). But when his wife, Debbie (Renée Zellweger), discovers his infidelity, she offers him forgiveness – and in an effort to restore their marriage, he joins her in volunteering at a local homeless shelter.
As Ron struggles to find the same joy his wife experiences in helping the less-fortunate, the couple meets Denver (Djimon Hounsou), a homeless man served by the shelter, whose gentle heart is protected by a tough exterior from decades of accumulated injustices. But it’s Debbie, who recognizes Denver from a dream, and pushes her husband to befriend him, believing together they can help change the city. Ultimately the three share the most unexpected and incredible journey of their lives.
“The world would be a much better place, a much more hopeful place, if we all treated each other with the love and compassion Ron, Denver and Debbie shared so freely,” Producer Stephen Johnston says. “This is a powerful, compelling movie that can change hearts – and lives.”
SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME, rated PG-13 for thematic elements including some violence and language, is directed by Michael Carney in his feature-film debut from a script he co-wrote with Alexander Foard and Ron Hall. It is produced by Cale Boyter (ELF, WEDDING CRASHERS), Mary Parent (THE REVENANT, KONG: SKULL ISLAND), Ron Hall, Stephen Johnston and Darren Moorman.
Darren Moorman, Producer
Since the late nineties, Darren Moorman has worked alongside various industry leaders including MGM and DIRECTV, producing several film titles along the way such as, ALL OVER AGAIN, SENSATION OF SIGHT, THE FIFTH PATIENT, UNCONDITIONAL, CRACKERJACK, AND SEVEN DAYS OF CHANGE (Series Pilot, Executive Producer).
Darren recently produced a New York Times best-seller adaptation SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME with Paramount Pictures, starring Renee Zellweger, Greg Kinnear, Djimon Hounsou and Jon Voight (releasing Oct 20, 2017).
He recently finished production on his first season of, MARK HAMILL’S POP CULTURE QUEST, with Lionsgate as EP and co-creator, and in post-production on his next 2 movies, RUN THE RACE and INDIVISIBLE, both set for theatrical releases in 2018.
He is Co-Founder of the Everybody Can Help Somebody Foundation, a non-profit created to help those in need. Darren lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two boys.
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The film’s official website – www.samekindofdifferentasmemovie.com – features links to the trailer and a video feature about the themes of the story; information on buying group tickets; a blog that includes excerpts from the book; and endorsements by influential leaders.
Individual tickets can also be purchased through normal box office channels, online and office.