Argentinian director Pablo Trapero will helm “The Man in the Rockefeller Suit” for Fox Searchlight Pictures.
Trapero, who won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival last year for “El Clan,” will direct from the script from David Bar Katz, who adapted the book by Mark Seal. Donald De Line is producing.
“The Man in the Rockefeller Suit” tells the true story of Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, an imposter who conned his way into various jobs on Wall Street by posing as a member of the Rockefeller family. A Los Angeles state court jury found him guilty in 2013 of the 1985 murder of John Sohus, the 27-year-old son of his former landlady. Gerhartsreiter buried the remains in the backyard of Sohus’ mother’s home.
Variety reported in 2013 that Brazilian director Walter Salles, whose credits include “Central Station” and “The Motorcycle Diaries,” was in talks to direct “Rockefeller Suit.”
Trapero won a Goya Award in Madrid on Saturday for best Spanish-language foreign film for “El Clan,” which will open in the U.S. on March 19 through Fox. The film generated the best opening weekend of any Argentinian film when it launched in that nation in August.
The film centers on the Puccios, a Buenos Aires family that kidnapped four people and murdered three in the 1980s. “El Clan” was submitted by Argentina as its official entry for best foreign language film for the Academy Awards this year, but was not selected as a nominee.
Trapero is repped by CAA. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.