×
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

  • Glass trailer

    'Glass': Five Box Office Takeaways From M. Night Shyamalan's Thriller

    With his fifth No. 1 box office opening, M. Night Shyamalan has plenty to celebrate. “Glass,” the conclusion to a trilogy that consists of the 2000 cult hit “Unbreakable” and 2016’s box office sensation “Split,” topped the box office last weekend — though its win comes with a few caveats. James McAvoy reprised his role [...]

  • Berlin: Patra Spanou Picks Up Panorama

    Berlin: Patra Spanou Picks Up Panorama Title 'Family Members' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Patra Spanou has picked up world sales rights to “Los miembros de la familia” (Family Members), which will world premiere in the Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama section. Variety has been given an exclusive first look of the film’s trailer. The film is the second feature from writer/director Mateo Bendesky, and is produced by Agustina Costa [...]

  • Great Point Media, The Development Partnership

    Great Point Media, The Development Partnership Join Forces on Slate of Movies

    Great Point Media and The Development Partnership, the development and production arm of the talent agency the Artists Partnership, are joining forces to develop, package, and co-produce multiple films, kicking off with three projects, including “Chasing Agent Freegard,” starring James Norton (“War & Peace”). “Chasing Agent Freegard,” which is being produced by “Captain Phillips” co-producer [...]

  • Berlin: FiGa Acquires ‘Landless,’ Drops ‘Hormigas’

    Berlin: FiGa Acquires ‘Landless,’ Drops ‘Hormigas’ Trailer (EXCLUSIVE)

    Sandro Fiorin’s Miami-based FiGa Films, a leading sales agent on the independent Latin American scene, has announced the acquisition of Brazilian doc “Landless,” and released a trailer for the Costa Rican-Spanish drama “El despertar de las hormigas.” Both features will play at this year’s Berlinale Forum and come from young Latin American filmmakers making their [...]

  • Ryan Reynolds Cancels Arm Surgery to

    Ryan Reynolds Cancels Arm Surgery to Promote 'Deadpool 2' in China

    Ryan Reynolds canceled surgery on his arm to fly to China and charm “Deadpool” fans in Beijing on Sunday ahead of the franchise’s unexpected China theatrical debut. Just last week, Fox suddenly announced that a re-cut, PG-13 “Deadpool 2” would hit Chinese theaters starting this Friday – the first time the notoriously blood-splattered and foul-mouthed [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content