Joel David Moore to Direct Adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘Timon of Athens’

Actor and director Joel David Moore will helm an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Timon of Athens” for Sundial Pictures.

Set in a semi-dystopian society polarized by drastic economic disparity, “Timon of Athens” follows the story of a modern day Gatsby, a self-made-man-turned-social-icon, whose misguided generosity leaves him hunted by the government and a symbol of the revolt against society’s elite so quick to abandon him.

Stefan Nowicki, Joey Carey and Morgan White of Sundial will produce the film.

“This is a project that’s been ticking in my head for almost a decade,” said Moore. “I studied the play in college, saw it at the Globe in London and fell in love with its stark social commentary. It’s a perfect tale for modern adaptation, and I’m excited to be the first to bring Timon to the big screen.”

This marks the second time Sundial and Moore have worked together; they’re currently opening their dramedy “Youth in Oregon” at the Tribeca Film Festival. “Youth in Oregon” stars Frank Langella, Billy Crudup, Christina Applegate and Josh Lucas.

Moore is repped by Management 360.

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