Walter Salles Tries On THE MAN IN THE ROCKEFELLER SUIT For Fox Searchlight!
The strange, sordid tale of Christian Gerhartsreiter (pictured above) is a ready-made movie. Actually, if you count Lifetime MOW fare directed by the cinematographer of THE ABYSS, it's already been made! But a story this mindblowingly bizarre can stand to be told twice. And so it shall. By above-average filmmaker Walter Salles.
According to Variety, Salles is set to step in for CRAZY HEART director Scott Cooper on Fox Searchlight's THE MAN IN THE ROCKEFELLER SUIT. The film will be based on Mark Seale's 2011 book, which sorts through the dense thicket of lies Gerhartsreiter deployed in order to ingratiate himself with some of the wealthiest families in America. Claiming he was a Rockefeller heir, Gerhartsreiter eventually married a wealthy business consultant named Sandra Boss, and essentially lived off of her income while keeping up the illusion that he was born into money. The story gets more bizarre from there, and is still unfolding: Gerhartsreiter is currently awaiting trial for the 1985 murder of Jonathan Sohus in Los Angeles.
There's a great movie in here, but I'll wait until Searchlight names a screenwriter to get excited. True, Salles (ON THE ROAD, CENTRAL STATION, THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES) is a capable enough filmmaker, but his involvement alone has never been cause to get worked up over a movie. While we wait for more news on this project, let's all revisit Anthony Minghella's masterful THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY.
Readers Talkbackcomments powered by Disqus
- Nordling Reviews THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL! -- 77 total posts 75 posts
- Idris Elba to voice a great, big, bloody Bengal tiger by the name of Shere Khan in Jon Favreau's JUNGLE BOOK! -- 83 total posts 57 posts
- From The Director Of GRAVITY!! The First Two Minutes Of NBC And Bad Robot’s BELIEVE!! -- 41 total posts 41 posts
- "Just another Saturday night" Marv and company are back in the first trailer for SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR!! -- 182 total posts 40 posts
- Sam Raimi to produce an adaptation of THE LAST OF US!!! -- 142 total posts 38 posts
- Jeremy Returns With More Tales From The CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Set! -- 63 total posts 37 posts
- A newly remastered 4K print of THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE is coming just in time for its 40th anniversary!! -- 59 total posts 34 posts
- Darker ZORRO Reboot Finds its Writer! -- 32 total posts 32 posts
- Merrick Stands Up In The Milky Way To Be Pummeled By The Greatness Of COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY!! -- 31 total posts 31 posts
- Yowzwa!! Here’s 4 Minutes Of CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER!! -- 203 total posts 26 posts