Jim Morrison-inspired film in the works

Robert Saitzyk will direct ‘The Last Beat’ from his own script

By Jay A. Fernandez

Writer-director Robert Saitzyk wants to break on through to the other side.

Saitzyk wrote and will direct “The Last Beat,” a drama inspired by the last days of Jim Morrison, for Zero Gravity Management (“The Cooler”). Shawn Andrews, who starred in Saitzyk’s debut feature “After the Flood,” is attached to star.

Zero Gravity’s Mark Holder and Christine Holder are producing the project, which begins shooting in Paris in October.

A nontraditional biopic, “Beat” will track the final days of Jay Douglas, a famous American rock star in the early ’70s, as he navigates his relationships with two women in Paris — a glamorous French Countess named Clemence and his California “soulmate,” Valerie Eason.

Gus Van Sant used a similar approach in his 2005 film “Last Days,” in which he envisioned a fictionalized portrait of the days leading to Kurt Cobain’s suicide.

Saitzyk is the writer-director of “White of Winter” and “Godspeed.”

Andrews has appeared in “Dazed and Confused,” “City of Ghosts” and “Big Heart City.”

Zero Gravity recently produced “The Canyon” and “Malice in Wonderland,” which will premiere on DVD this month.