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J.C. Chandor Fills Up His Directing Slate

J.C. Chandor Fills Up His Directing Slate

While writer-director J.C. Chandor’s starry ensemble “Margin Call,” follow-up Robert Redford vehicle “All Is Lost,” and period drama “A Most Violent Year,” all earned stronger reviews than breakout box office, these days the filmmaker is a hot director for hire.

Paramount has signed Chandor to direct organized crime drama “Triple Frontier,” which in its incarnation as “Sleeping Dogs” was written by Mark Boal with his “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Hurt Locker” partner Kathryn Bigelow set to direct; there was interest from Tom Hanks and Will Smith to star. The film produced by Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven and Alex Gartner (see Deadline) is set in a criminal safe haven along the borders of Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil.

Earlier this year, Chandor opted not to direct his movie dramatization “Deepwater Horizon.” He’s producing and possibly directing a film adaptation of Vicky Ward’s “The Liar’s Ball” for A24 Films, which has gone from nascent shingle to indie “it” studio in just two years. A24 didn’t get the Oscar payoff it had hoped for on Chandor’s “A Most Violent Year,” a grim picture of corruption in New York starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain. But now the studio, full-speed ahead on its development slate, is backing and distributing the director’s next film.

A24 and a team of Chandor’s longtime producers have assembled to option nonfiction real estate expose “The Liar’s Ball,” a history of New York’s G.M. Building on the southeast corner of Central Park, and they’re eying Chandor to direct. He’s currently billed as producer, alongside his longtime creative partners Neal Dodson and Anna Gerb, with “Margin Call” producer Zachary Quinto exec-producing and VisionChaos Productions also on board. Screenwriter Gideon Yago will adapt Vanity Fair contributor Ward’s book. 

Chandor also wrote a screenplay for Legendary about Vince Lombardi and has several other projects in the works. 

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