Adam Leitman Bailey credited as co-writer in Golden Globe award-winning housing crisis movie “99 Homes”
Champion of the underdog. Best selling author. And now, real estate lawyer Adam Leitman Bailey can add screenwriter to his list of accomplishments.
Founder of his eponymous firm, Bailey crafted legal storylines for the housing collapse movie, 99 Homes, starring Spiderman star Andrew Garfield and Boardwalk Empire actor Michael Shannon.
Directed by Ramin Bahrani, and written by Bahrani and Amir Naderi, the Florida-set film follows single dad Dennis Nash (Garfield) and his family as they are evicted by businessman Rick Carver (Shannon).
Nash is forced into helping Carver evict other people out of their homes in exchange for his own.
“I drafted the court scenes and critiqued areas of the script and fought for changes to the ending, which involved a certain type of mortgage fraud by an attorney,” Bailey told Brokers Weekly this week as the movie was released on DVD.
Movie buff Bailey first met Bahrani — whose movies include Chop Shop and the Dennis Quaid / Zac Efron drama At Any Price — when he represented him in a real estate matter several years.
When the director began working on 99 Homes, he called the New York lawyer to help him make sure the legal storyline was authentic and that the creative direction of the film was compatible with real life situations.
“I am a big movie buff and fan, so I was very excited to draft my first movie scenes,ˮ said Bailey. “But just like in my litigation papers submitted to a judge, I told a story and tried to make it accurate and persuasive.
“The director told me to re-live my landlord-tenant/foreclosure cases, so I imagined housing court and how packed it can be with lawyers and litigants making deals in the hallway. And then I presented my case to the judge. I had no idea at the time that the lawyer in the film was going to be named Adam Bailey.”
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