Jodie Foster is directing, with Tom Rothman’s TriStar financing the pic.
Clooney stars as Lee Gates, a bombastic television stock huckster, whose program (titled “Money Monster”) and life are taken hostage by an outraged gunman (O’Connell). As the world watches, Gates must stay alive and uncover the truth behind a tangle of big money lies, with help from the show’s producer (Roberts). “Money Monster” unfolds in near real time.
Producers are The Allegiance Theater’s Daniel Dubiecki, Lara Alameddine and Smokehouse’s Clooney and Grant Heslov. Jamie Linden penned the script; Alan DiFore and Jim Kouf wrote the original draft of the script. Production will begin in the spring.
This marks a reteaming of Roberts and Clooney, who worked together on the “Ocean’s Eleven” films.
Studios have been circling O’Connell ever since the young British actor landed the role of Louis Zamperini in Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken,” which bows this Christmas. Universal has already locked him in for their MI6 origin tale “Section 6,” and the actor is also expected to star in “Tulip Fever.”
Roberts has a handful projects in development including a remake of “The Secret in Their Eyes.”
Besides “Money Monster,” Rothman’s TriStar continues to line up a healthy slate that includes “The Walk,” directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Joseph Gordon Levitt; “Ricki and the Flash,” which stars Meryl Streep with Jonathan Demme directing; an untitled comedy by Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo; and an adaptation of Alan Bennett’s “The Lady In The Van ” with Maggie Smith.
O’Connell and Roberts are repped by CAA.