Academy Award winner Damien Chazelle‘s 2010 screenplay The Claim has been optioned by Oceanside Media and Route One Entertainment. The La La Land writer/director’s script was a stand-out on a recent Black List, and was scripted before the Hollywood talent found success with the likes of Whiplash and this year’s movie musical La La Land.

The Claim follows a single father with a criminal past who must uncover the whereabouts of his kidnapped daughter while fighting the mysterious claims of another couple who insist the child is theirs.

Scott Clayton, Russell Levine, Leon Clarance, Jay Stern and Chip Diggins will produce the film, with Motion Picture Capital fully financing. Shooting is expected to start later this year.