Nigel Cole to direct road movie about conman

Christopher Walken and Alessandro Nivola have signed on for “Five Dollars a Day,” a road movie that pits a con artist against his more conservative son.

Walken will play a conman proud of living like a king on $5 a day, and Nivola his offspring, who had been jailed for one of his father’s crimes.

Capitol Films greenlit the project for its ThinkFilm arm to release. Nigel Cole (“Calendar Girls”) is directing based on a script by Neal and Tippi Dobrofsky. Carol Baum, Jane Goldenring and Kia Jam are producing.

Pic is skedded to begin production in New Mexico and Atlantic City, N.J., on Sept. 10.

Walken, who stars in “Hairspray,” next appears in Rogue’s “Balls of Fury.” Nivola stars in TNT’s “The Company” and in upcoming pics “The Eye” and “Grace Is Gone.”

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