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Tom Rothman’s TriStar Productions has acquired the worldwide rights and given the go ahead to Money Monster, a fast-paced, character-driven thriller written by Jamie Linden. Daniel Dubiecki, who worked with George Clooney on Up In The Air, and Lara Alameddine developed the script along with Jodie Foster, who will direct the film. Dubiecki and Alameddine’s The Allegiance Theater will produce together with Clooney and his Smokehouse Pictures partner Grant Heslov. Alan Difore and Jim Kouf wrote the original draft of the script.
Principal photography is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2015.
Clooney stars as Lee Gates, a bombastic television stock huckster, whose program (the titular “Money Monster”), and life, are taken hostage by an outraged gunman. As much of the world watches live, Gates must keep himself alive and, with help from the woman who produces the show, uncover the truth behind a tangle of big money lies. »
- Michelle McCue
Money Monster will follow a TV show host (Clooney) who gets taken hostage by a gunman while on-air and is forced to reveal high-stakes secrets to his (steadily increasing) audience in order to survive.
Foster most recently directed an episode of the Netflix political thriller House of Cards, has directed three movies including 2011’s The Beaver starring Mel Gibson and Jennifer Lawrence, and scored an Emmy nod in 2013 for directing an episode of Orange Is the New Black. This will be her first time directing Clooney. »
- Ariana Bacle
Jodie Foster is set to direct a new financial drama titled Money Monster and has enlisted another actor/director to play the lead in the film; we are talking about George Clooney of course. Clooney's character is described as an established financial expert and TV host famous for insider tips, who winds up being held hostage on-air by a man who lost everything after taking the TV guru's advice. The kidnapper wants Clooney's character to make his bad investment to shoot »
- Graham McMorrow
Justice League: Reportedly, Warner Bros. wants Chris Terrio, who won an Oscar for Argo and recently completed script work on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, to write the screenplay for Justice League. Terrio was brought on to Batman v Superman after David S. Goyer (Batman, Man of Steel) became "too busy" with other projects to do another rewrite, and now Warner Bros. wantsTerrio to get its next important superhero team-up off to a good start. [Deadline] Money Monster: TriStar Pictures is "nearing a deal" to pick up Jodie Foster's Money Monster, starring George Clooney. The studio would finance the picture -- a $30 million deal in itself -- and also distribute it. Jodie Foster is directing; Clooney is set to star as a TV personality who...
- Peter Martin
Justice League: Reportedly, Warner Bros. wants Chris Terrio, who won an Oscar for Argo and recently completed script work on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, to write the screenplay for Justice League. Terrio was brought onto Batman v Superman after David S. Goyer (Batman, Man of Steel) became "too busy" with other projects to do another rewrite. [Deadline] Money Monster: TriStar Pictures is "nearing a deal" to pick up Jodie Foster's Money Monster, starring George Clooney. The studio would finance the picture -- a $30 million deal in itself -- and also distribute it. Clooney is set to star as a TV personality who is kidnapped, live and on the air, by a viewer who blames him for bad financial tips. The project will film early next year after...
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In terms of performers-turned-filmmakers, they don’t come much bigger than Jodie Foster and George Clooney. Between them, they are responsible for some of the more interesting and satisfying TV and film projects of the last few years – from episodes of Orange Is The New Black and House Of Cards (Foster), to movies like Good Night And Good Luck and The Ides Of March (Clooney). The prospect of these two talents collaborating is an exciting one, to say the least – so it comes as no surprise that Money Monster is already heading straight for ‘highly anticipated’ status, with studios clambering for a piece of the action. TriStar now seems to have won that battle, with a financing package of $30 million.
- Sarah Myles
George Clooney will portray the role of TV personality who would be held hostage on air by a man who lost all his money on a bad tip, the Hollywood Reporter reported.
Jamie Linden wrote the screenplay, while Jim Kouf and Alan Difiore penned previous drafts. Led by Tom Rothman, TriStar has become competitive in scooping up prime hot properties. Money Monster would be made for 30 million dollars. (Ani) »
- Diksha Singh
Tom Rothman's TriStar Productions has acquired the worldwide rights and given the go ahead to Money Monster, a fast-paced, character-driven thriller written by Jamie Linden. Daniel Dubiecki, who worked with Clooney on Up in the Air, and Lara Alameddine developed the script along with Jodie Foster, who will direct the film. Dubiecki and Alameddine's The Allegiance Theater will produce together with Clooney and his Smokehouse Pictures partner Grant Heslov. Alan Difore and Jim Kouf wrote the original draft of the script. Principal photography is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2015. »
The $30 million project stars George Clooney as one of those TV financial gurus who finds himself and the staff of his show held hostage at gunpoint by a man who lost all his family's money on one of the financial whiz's bad tips.
Filming aims to begin in the first quarter of next year.
Source: Screen »
- Garth Franklin
Jodi Foster is directing the project from Jamie Linden’s script, in which the hostage taker is a man who lost his money after following the tout’s advice — and threatens to kill him if the cameras are turned off.
Plans are for production in the spring after Clooney completes shooting on “Hail Caesar” for the Coens.
TriStar, headed by Tom Rothman in a joint venture with Sony, »
- Dave McNary
Tom Rothman's TriStar Pictures is nearing a deal to acquire Jodie Foster‘s financial drama “Money Monster,” which will star George Clooney as a Jim Cramer-esque TV personality who is taken hostage live on the air, TheWrap has learned. TriStar beat out Focus Features for the film with its generous offer to finance “Money Monster” for $30 million. Open Road was also in the mix for the hot title. Also read: George Clooney Eyed to Star in Jodie Foster's Financial Drama ‘Money Monster’ (Exclusive) As TheWrap first reported, much to his publicist's chagrin (don't worry, we still love you Stan! »
- Jeff Sneider
TriStar Pictures has beat out several other studios to finance and distribute Jodie Foster's thriller Money Monster, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The film will star George Clooney. Photos 'Monuments Men' Premiere: George Clooney, Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett Take Manhattan The project — quite timely given the lingering economic problems plaguing the nation — centers on a TV personality dubbed the money guru of Wall Street (Clooney). When a man loses all his family's money on a bad tip, he holds the anchor and his entire show hostage on air, threatening to kill him if he does not get the stock
- Tatiana Siegel
Exclusive: In a whopping deal, Tom Rothman’s TriStar Pictures has won the right to finance and release the $30 million budget Money Monster, a Jodie Foster-directed thriller that will star George Clooney as a Jim Cramer-like TV stock tout who is held hostage on air by a man who followed the huckster’s advice, lost his money and put his young family in precarious straits. Jamie Linden wrote the script. The thriller takes on a Network-like sensibility in that the hostage-taker warns he’ll execute the smooth-talking stock tipper the moment cameras are turned off, and the nation becomes obsessed with the […] »
Jodie Foster is currently gearing up to direct the financial drama Money Monster. The project was announced over a year ago but is only now picking up steam. While financing still needs to come together, casting is already underway and according to The Wrap, Foster wants George Clooney for the lead role.
With a script by Alan Difiore (Grimm) and Jim Kouf (National Treasure), Money Monster will follow Lee Cates, a “a TV money guru who gets taken hostage on air by Kyle, an ordinary man who lost all his money thanks to a bad recommendation from Lee. And ratings soar as a result.”
When asked for a comment, Clooney’s reps called the story “premature,” which means that the actor is likely not close to signing on and talks have probably only just begun. With an increasingly busy slate, there’s a good chance that this might not work out. »
- Matt Joseph
About a year-and-a-half ago, it was announced that Jodie Foster was going to direct a financial world drama called "Money Monster" — and then, that was pretty much the last we ever heard of it. But we'd wager that the success of "The Wolf Of Wall Street" has made the genre temporarily cool, especially if it has handsome men in the lead doing bad things. And so, The Wrap is putting the cart before the horse and reporting that George Clooney is in early talks for the film. How real is this? “This story is so premature, I would be embarrassed as a journalist to even print it,” his rep told the site flat out. So, yeah.... And really, with Clooney shepherding a small flock of projects — both as directing and starring vehicles — we'd wager the gig would have to be really good for him to take a detour. But admittedly, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
George Clooney may be off-limits now that he's engaged but he's still being sought after by women, as director Jodie Foster is courting the Oscar winner to star in her financial drama “Money Monster,” multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap. Written by Alan Difiore (“Grimm”) and Jim Kouf (“National Treasure”) as well as Jamie Linden (“We Are Marshall”), the story follows a TV personality whose insider trading tips have made him the money guru of Wall Street. When a viewer who lost all of his family's money on a bad tip from the money expert decides to. »
- Jeff Sneider
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