×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Berlinale: Michael Keaton May Discover ‘What Is Life Worth’

Michael Keaton is in talks to star in biopic “What Is Life Worth” for MadRiver Pictures, the company announced Wednesday. IMR will launch sales on the title at the European Film Market in Berlin.

Based on the memoir of Kenneth Feinberg, the film would see the Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe-winning “Birdman” actor reunite with his “Spotlight” producer Michael Sugar.

The film follows the efforts of Feinberg, a powerful Washington lawyer put in charge of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (also known as the 9/11 Fund), who, in almost three years of pro bono work on the case, fights off the cynicism, bureaucracy and politics associated with administering government funds. In doing so, he discovers what life is worth.

“What Is Life Worth” will be directed by David Frankel (“The Devil Wears Prada,” “Collateral Beauty”) from a 2008 script by Max Borenstein, which featured on The Black List. Sugar will produce alongside Marc Butan, Sean Sorensen, Borenstein and Bard Dorros. Kim Fox will serve as executive producer alongside Nik Bower and Deepak Nayar of Riverstone Pictures, which is financing.

Keaton has been enjoying a career resurgence since starring in back-to-back best-picture Oscar winners “Birdman” and “Spotlight.” He was most recently seen as the villainous Vulture in Marvel Studios’ “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and Michael Cuesta’s thriller “American Assassin.” He recently finished production on Tim Burton’s live-action version of Disney’s “Dumbo,” due for release in March 2019. He is repped by ICM Partners.

More Film

  • 'Shazam!' Review: Zachary Levi is Pure

    Film Review: 'Shazam!'

    In “Shazam!,” Zachary Levi brings off something so winning it’s irresistible. He plays a square-jawed, rippling-muscled man of might, with a cheesy Day-Glo lighting bolt affixed to his chest, who projects an insanely wholesome and old-fashioned idea of what a superhero can be. But he’s also playing a breathless teenage kid on the inside, and [...]

  • WGA Agents Contract Tug of War

    Showrunners, Screenwriters Back WGA in Agency Battle, Sides to Meet Again Tuesday

    More than 750 showrunners and screenwriters have backed the WGA’s battle against talent agencies taking packaging fees and other changes to the rules governing the business relationship between agents and writers. The letter of support issued Saturday is significant because of the immense clout showrunners and prominent screenwriters possess in Hollywood. Several showrunners had recently [...]

  • Doppelgänger Red (Lupita Nyong'o) and Adelaide

    Box Office: 'Us' on Track for Second-Highest Debut of 2019 With $67 Million

    Jordan Peele’s “Us” is on its way to scaring up one of the biggest debuts of 2019, with an estimated $67 million from 3,741 North American locations. Should estimates hold, “Us” will be able to claim several milestones: the highest debut for an original horror movie (the biggest launch for any horror pic goes to [...]

  • NF_D_JGN-D6-2160.cr2

    Film Review: 'The Dirt'

    A long time ago, the words sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll carried a hint of danger. The lifestyle did, too, but I’m talking about the phrase. It used to sound cool (back around the time the word “cool” sounded cool). But sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll has long since passed into the realm [...]

  • James Newton Howard Danny Elfman

    New Trend in Concert Halls: Original Music by Movie Composers — No Film Required

    Movie and TV composers are in greater demand than ever for, surprisingly, new music for the concert hall. For decades, concert commissions for film composers were few and far between. The increasing popularity of John Williams’ film music, and his visibility as conductor of the Boston Pops in the 1980s and ’90s, led to his [...]

  • Idris Elba Netflix 'Turn Up Charlie'

    Idris Elba in Talks to Join Andy Serkis in 'Mouse Guard'

    Idris Elba is in negotiations to join Andy Serkis and Thomas Brodie-Sangster in Fox’s fantasy-action movie “Mouse Guard” with “Maze Runner’s” Wes Ball directing. Fox is planning a live-action movie through performance capture technology employed in the “Planet of the Apes” films, in which Serkis starred as the ape leader Caesar. David Peterson created, wrote, [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content