Hype Williams to helm Joe Eszterhas thriller

Stone Village's 'Lust' will shoot in Miami, New York

Music video wizard Hype Williams is coming on board to direct Joe Eszterhas’ sexual thriller “Lust” for Scott Steindorff and his Stone Village Prods.

Peter J. Fruchtman will also produce “Lust,” with Dylan Russell and Scott LaStaiti exec producing. Producers are casting for a Nov. 1 start date for lensing.

Stone Village, which is financing the $28 million budget, acquired the script this spring from Eszterhas, whose resume includes “Basic Instinct,” “Sliver” and “Showgirls.”

Story centers on a 30-year-old woman married to an older Miami-based magazine publisher. The woman is seduced by a younger, charming playboy — who secretly videotapes himself and his new lover having sex, leading to the woman’s life unraveling.

Steindorff described the concept as “Fatal Attraction” in reverse. Script went out to a handful of directors Thursday, with Williams emerging as the choice over the weekend.

Jack Olsen has rewritten portions of the script for scenes in New York and Miami.

Pic will also contain a major music piece. Williams has extensive experience directing musicvids for Coldplay, Kanye West, No Doubt, Lady Gaga/Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Christina Aguilera. A Grammy nominee for best video, he’s been honored with BET Awards, NAACP Image Awards, and the MTV Video Vanguard Lifetime Achievement Award.

“Williams offers a fresh look and interesting dimension to the erotic thriller genre,” Steindorff said.

Williams, who’s repped by CAA, also directed the 1998 urban crime drama “Belly,” starring hip-hop artists Nas, DMX and T-Boz. Fruchtman said Williams stood out as the obvious selection to direct “Lust.” “He’s always been able to make everything he does sexy and hip, which is what we need,” he added.

Steindorff, one of the producers of “The Lincoln Lawyer,” recently tapped Joshua Michael Stern (“Swing Vote”) to direct Brazil-set comedy “Carnaval,” with the Stone Village production set to begin in January in Rio de Janeiro.

He’s also in talks with “Lincoln Lawyer” director Brad Furman to helm a biopic about Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar from a Matt Aldrich script.

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