You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Koepp to pore over ‘Vinegar’

Columbia sets director for Wallace adaptation

David Koepp has signed on to a pair of projects for Columbia Pictures.

First he’ll direct “Billionaire’s Vinegar,” a film loosely based on the Benjamin Wallace book about a scandal that erupted when an auctioned cache of wine purported to have been culled from the stocks of Thomas Jefferson were deemed fakes by some.

Koepp will write the script with John Kamps.

The scribe-helmer will then adapt the Charles McCarry novel “Shelley’s Heart” into a political drama called “Article II” that he’ll direct for the studio.

Gavin Polone is producing the film, about two friends who become bitter rivals for the presidential election, which is won by computer fraud.

Escape Artists and Overbrook Entertainment used their own coin to buy “The Billionaire’s Vinegar: The Mystery of the World’s Most Expensive Bottle of Wine,” last year (Daily Variety, Jan. 31, 2008), before it was published by Crown and became a bestseller.

Overbrook’s James Lassiter, Will Smith and Ken Stovitz will produce “Billionaire’s Vinegar” with Escape Artists’ Todd Black, Steve Tisch and Jason Blumenthal. Both companies have deals at Sony.

Koepp most recently wrote and directed “Ghost Town,” which he wrote with Kamps. Koepp is a co-writer of the Ron Howard-directed “Angels and Demons,” which Sony releases this summer.

More Film

  • Game Night review

    Film Review: 'Game Night'

    David Koepp has signed on to a pair of projects for Columbia Pictures. First he’ll direct “Billionaire’s Vinegar,” a film loosely based on the Benjamin Wallace book about a scandal that erupted when an auctioned cache of wine purported to have been culled from the stocks of Thomas Jefferson were deemed fakes by some. Koepp […]

  • 'Central Airport THF' Review

    Berlin Film Review: 'Central Airport THF'

    David Koepp has signed on to a pair of projects for Columbia Pictures. First he’ll direct “Billionaire’s Vinegar,” a film loosely based on the Benjamin Wallace book about a scandal that erupted when an auctioned cache of wine purported to have been culled from the stocks of Thomas Jefferson were deemed fakes by some. Koepp […]

  • 'Victory Day' Review: Absorbing Doc About

    Berlin Film Review: 'Victory Day'

    David Koepp has signed on to a pair of projects for Columbia Pictures. First he’ll direct “Billionaire’s Vinegar,” a film loosely based on the Benjamin Wallace book about a scandal that erupted when an auctioned cache of wine purported to have been culled from the stocks of Thomas Jefferson were deemed fakes by some. Koepp […]

  • 'Sonic the Hedgehog' Animated Movie Set

    'Sonic the Hedgehog' Movie Gets November 2019 Release Date

    David Koepp has signed on to a pair of projects for Columbia Pictures. First he’ll direct “Billionaire’s Vinegar,” a film loosely based on the Benjamin Wallace book about a scandal that erupted when an auctioned cache of wine purported to have been culled from the stocks of Thomas Jefferson were deemed fakes by some. Koepp […]

  • Ang Panahon ng Halimaw

    Berlin Film Review: 'Season of the Devil'

    David Koepp has signed on to a pair of projects for Columbia Pictures. First he’ll direct “Billionaire’s Vinegar,” a film loosely based on the Benjamin Wallace book about a scandal that erupted when an auctioned cache of wine purported to have been culled from the stocks of Thomas Jefferson were deemed fakes by some. Koepp […]

  • Danny Boyle James Bond

    Bond 25: Danny Boyle High on MGM's List to Direct (EXCLUSIVE)

    David Koepp has signed on to a pair of projects for Columbia Pictures. First he’ll direct “Billionaire’s Vinegar,” a film loosely based on the Benjamin Wallace book about a scandal that erupted when an auctioned cache of wine purported to have been culled from the stocks of Thomas Jefferson were deemed fakes by some. Koepp […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content