Oscar Isaac to Produce and Star as DGA Winner Ben Stiller Directs and Five-time Oscar Nominee Eric Roth Adapts New Story by Best Selling Crime Writer Jo Nesbo
Global content leader Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), today has acquired the rights to adapt “London,” an upcoming motion picture to be directed by DGA Award winner Ben Stiller and written by five-time Academy Award nominated screenwriter Eric Roth, based on a tense new short story/high concept thriller by bestselling crime writer Jo Nesbo, with Golden Globe winner Oscar Isaac set to produce and star, it was announced today by Erin Westerman, president of Production for the Lionsgate.
Details of the project are being kept under wraps.
The project was first identified by Isaac, who obtained the rights as a producer under his Mad Gene Media banner in a competitive situation, then attached Stiller and Roth to the project. Stiller will join Isaac as a producer of the film through his Red Hour production banner, along with his producing partner Nicky Weinstock. Isaac’s longtime manager and sometimes producing partner Jason Spire will round out the team. Jo Nesbo will executive produce along with Niclas Salomonsson.
Westerman said, “This is an incredible team of filmmaking that has come together for this project. Eric is a master storyteller whose screenplays are canonized in film history; Ben’s work as a filmmaker, including his latest accomplishment, ‘Escape at Dannemora,’ is astounding; Oscar is a force in all that he does, both behind and in front of the camera. As Eric adapts Jo Nesbo’s evocative and memorable short story into an incredible film, we’re confident that Ben will bring all of the tension and emotion in directing London – and Oscar will not only give a riveting and dynamic performance, but as the producer leading the process to bring this team together, has an incredible energy and passion for the material. As fans, we are thrilled this tour de force of talent came together for such a compelling story, and as a studio, we are honored they chose Lionsgate.”
As a director, Ben Stiller has brought his unique vision to film and television projects as diverse as Tropic Thunder and Zoolander to the critically acclaimed limited series “Escape at Dannemora.”
Oscar Isaac will next star in “Dune” for director Denis Villeneuve. He will also star for writer-director Paul Schrader in “The Card Counter.” A Golden Globe winner for his performance in “Show Me a Hero” and a nominee for his work in “Inside Llewyn Davis,” he also starred as Poe Dameron in three Star Wars films. Isaac and Spire previously produced “Operation Finale” For MGM and are currently at work on “The Great Machine” with Legendary based on the graphic novel by acclaimed writer, Brian K. Vaughn.
Eric Roth was honored with the Academy Award for his work on the screenplay for Forrest Gump; he has since been nominated by the Academy for his work on “The Insider,” “Munich,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and A Star Is Born. His upcoming work includes Dune for director Denis Villeneuve and Killers of the Flower Moon for Martin Scorsese. He is a producer on David Fincher’s upcoming movie on thirties Hollywood for Netflix, Mank. His work for television includes “House of Cards,” “The Alienist,” and “Berlin Station.”
One of the world’s most acclaimed and commercially successful crime writers, No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Jo Nesbo’s work has sold over 45 million copies in 50 languages worldwide. His books “The Leopard,” “Phantom,” “Police,” “The Son,” “The Thirst,” and his latest novel, “Knife,” all becoming international bestsellers. “London” will be part of a forthcoming story collection to be published by Knopf.
The project was brought in by Brady Fujikawa, who will be overseeing the project for the studio with Scott O’Brien. Oscar Isaac is represented by WME, Inspire Entertainment, and Mitch Smelkinson from Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson, and Christopher. Ben Stiller and Nicky Weinstock are represented by WME, 3 Arts, ID and Gang Tyre. Eric Roth is represented by Darren Trattner at Jackoway Austen. Jo Nesbo was represented by WME and The Salomonsson Agency. Dan Freedman oversaw all the negotiations for Lionsgate.