Phoenix landmark restaurant Durant's to be featured in film

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- Durant's restaurant is famous for steak dinners in Phoenix.

"Jack Durant is a mystery. Much like the place, he's a man of myth. He's a local legend," said Travis Mills of Running Wild Films.

And now the former owner and founder of Durant's is the subject of a full feature film. Mills is the filmmaker bringing Durant's story to life on the big screen. The movie will follow a day in the life of Durant from the restaurant's open until close.

"Very important deals have happened here and continue to. Politicians flock here," said Mills.

Some have speculated Durant had mobster ties but athletes and movie stars alike wanted to be around Jack Durant. Big name actors like Tom Sizemore, Pam Grier and Michael Richards have signed on for the film named "Durant's Never Closes."

And while the film has investors, it also has a kickstarter page to help with marketing and give back 10 percent to the Arizona Humane Society.

"Jack Durant is a huge fan of dogs. He left his house to his dog Humble and there are still paintings of the dog in the bar," said Mills.

The movie will be shot here in Phoenix in March. Mills hopes to have the movie finished for the summer film festivals.

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