Floria Sigismondi (“The Runaways”) will direct “The Delivery Man,” a drama based on the Joe McGinniss Jr. novel.
Highland Film Group is financing and launching international sales at Cannes. Be True Productions’ John Domo (“Big Fish”) and Braxton Pope (“The Trust) will produce, with Highland Film Group’s Arianne Fraser and Delphine Perrier exec producing alongside Molly Hassell.
“The Delivery Man,” published in 2008, is set against the surreal excess of Las Vegas – and the artificial suburbs, gated communities and freeways that surround it. The novel centers on a young man who, after attending college in New York, returns to Vegas and is drawn into the lucrative but dangerous world of a teenage call-girl service with his childhood friend, a Salvadoran immigrant.
The novel was first optioned by Thom Mount in 2007. McGinness is the son of the late journalist Joe McGinness.
Sigismondi made her feature directorial debut with “The Runaways,” starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning. She won the MTV Music Video of the Year for Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” and has directed videos for David Bowie, the White Stripes, Bjork, Marilyn Manson and Katy Perry.
“Joe McGinniss Jr. wrote a terrific novel and, from the time Bret Easton Ellis first made me aware of the book, I’ve believed it would make a compelling film,” Pope said. “Floria is an exceptionally skilled visualist and someone I’ve wanted to work with for years.”
Sigismondi is represented by WME and Echo Lake Entertainment.