Jodie Foster has lined up her next directing gig with indie drama "Money Monster," from a script by Alan DiFiore and Jim Kouf. IM Global will raise financing for the film overseas.
The story centers on a TV personality whose Wall Street trading tips get him in trouble when he's held hostage on air by a disgruntled viewer. Said viewer followed through on a bad tip, losing all his family's money, and is now hellbent on revenge on the financial guru who steered him in the wrong direction. The debacle turns into a media frenzy as ratings for the show soar and the entire country watches.
Foster has a stronger track record as an Oscar-winning actress ("Accused," "The Silence of the Lambs") with both quality cred and more mainstream appeal than as a director. Thus far she has directed a trio of intelligent, well-acted films that have not fared well at the box office: relationship drama "Little Man Tate," dark family comedy "Home for the Holidays," and Mel Gibson psychological drama "The Beaver," in which she also starred. Roman Polanski's "Carnage" was her last acting gig; up next is Neill Blomkamp's dystopian thriller "Elysium," opposite Matt Damon.
"Money Monster" producer is Allegiance Theater founder Daniel Dubiecki, who nabbed an Oscar nomination for producing "Up in the Air" (with Jason and Ivan Reitman). Production is on track to start in early 2013. Casting is still to come.