Jodie Foster tends to take a measured approach when deciding on her roles in front of and behind the camera, which tends to make her choices pretty interesting. And that’s no less true for what is gearing up to be her next feature effort.
Variety reports that Foster is set to direct “Money Monster,” which if the title didn’t tip you off is a financial world drama, perhaps mixed with a bit of a “Network” vibe. Alan DiFiore (“Grimm“) and Jim Kouf (“National Treasure“) penned the movie that will follow Lee Cates, a TV money guru (shades of Jim Cramer perhaps?) who gets taken hostage on air by Kyle, an ordinary man who lost all his money thanks to a bad recommendation from Lee. And ratings soar as a result.
Sounds potentially great (or preachy) but it’s another off-the-beaten-path tale from Foster whose last film was the Mel Gibson talking puppet movie “The Beaver.” Financing and sales are being lined up and should it all come together, shooting will get underway next year. No word yet on what this means — or even what’s happening — with the mob drama “Angie’s Body” that Foster signed up to helm for Showtime. But hopefully, it’s still in the cards.