Murro banks on directing ‘Capital’

Helmer finds 'Human' interest story with Elevation

Commercials director Noam Murro is directing an adaptation of Stephen Amidon’s novel “Human Capital” for Elevation Filmworks producers Lemore Syvan and Andrew Lang.

Amidon is adapting his book for the bigscreen.

Recently published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, the contemporary social novel concerns two intertwined Connecticut families whose emotional bankruptcy and willingness to speculate financially with human lives lead to tragic consequences.

Lang brought “Human Capital” to Syvan who, after securing the book’s film rights, sent the manuscript to Murro. She’d been looking to work with him based on his award-winning spots for Adidas, Nike and Volkswagen.

Murro was originally set to make his feature helming debut on DreamWorks’ “The Ring 2,” but he was replaced by Hideo Nakata, who directed the original “Ringu” movies in Japan. DreamWorks then put the helmer on “All Families Are Psychotic,” an adaptation of the Douglas Coupland novel that Mark Poirier is adapting.

New York-based production company Elevation was founded by Syvan, whose recent pics include John Sayles’ “Casa de Los Babys” and Rebecca Miller’s “Angela” and “Personal Velocity.”

Lang’s films include the critically acclaimed 1940s drama “Red Betsy,” written and directed by Chris Boebel.

Elevation is about to head off to Sundance with two films: Miller’s “The Ballad of Jack and Rose,” starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Catherine Keener, to be released by IFC Films in March; and “Duane Hopwood,” with David Schwimmer and Janeane Garofalo. Syvan produced both films. Lang co-produced “Duane” and co-produced another Sundance 2005 offering, Kevin Bacon’s “Loverboy,” starring Kyra Sedgwick and Matt Dillon.

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