Toronto-based production company Paper Frame Pictures has optioned the film rights to the script Queen Tut, a first-feature written by Bryan Mark.

The company expects the film to be produced through Canadian funding under a low-budget tier.

Queen Tut is a colourful queer dramedy that tells the story of an Egyptian teenage boy, Al, who struggles with being a fish-out-of-water until he is introduced into Toronto’s drag world. Through drag, Al finds a home and an identity at the expense of his relationship with his father.

Bryan Mark is an emerging writer recently graduated from York University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Screenwriting and Urban Studies. Bryan’s most recent writing work was on the Jewish Canadian short drama Kavod, which is just about to enter the festival circuit.

The producer on the project is Shant Joshi. Shant’s recent credits include Production Manager on Ingrid Veninger’s fem-queer coming-of-age feature Porcupine Lake, Line Producer on John Greyson’s queer activist features Last Car & Jericho, and Producer on Greyson’s short film for the CBC and Toronto Pride 2017, Pink : Diss.

In 2015, Paper Frame Pictures reached the Top 15 at the feature development competition CineCoup, with their Francophone psychological thriller, Fantome.

The company is currently looking at candidates to direct the project.