Scott Cooper to Direct, Possibly Write, 'The Man in the Rockefeller Suit'
The writer and director last teamed with Fox Searchlight for the spectacular drama Crazy Heart, and now Scott Cooper is getting back with the indie distributor for a new project. Deadline has word that Cooper is in the midst of finalizing a deal to direct, and possibly writer, an adaptation of Mark Seal's non-fiction book The Man in the Rockefeller Suit. The true story follows a German-born conman who successfully posed as a member of the famed Rockefeller family and got away with the facade for several decades in a "complex and fantastically bizarre tale of a man aspiring to the American Dream by any means necessary." Read on!
Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter is the man in question and here's a synopsis of his tale:
The story of Clark Rockefeller is a stranger-than-fiction twist on the classic American success story of the self-made man-because Clark Rockefeller was totally made up. The career con man who convincingly passed himself off as Rockefeller was born in a small village in Germany. At seventeen, obsessed with getting to America, he flew into the country on dubious student visa documents and his journey of deception began.
Over the next thirty years, boldly assuming a series of false identities, he moved up the social ladder through exclusive enclaves on both coasts-culminating in a stunning twelve-year marriage to a rising star businesswoman with a Harvard MBA who believed she'd wed a Rockefeller.
The imposter charmed his way into exclusive clubs and financial institutions-working on Wall Street, showing off an extraordinary art collection-until his marriage ended and he was arrested for kidnapping his daughter, which exposed his past of astounding deceptions as well as a connection to the bizarre disappearance of a California couple in the mid-1980s.
Apparently Cooper's involvement as a director will definitely be part of the deal, but it's his process of casting The Emperor's Children, a project that Cooper recently inherited from director Noah Baumbach. This sounds like a project with flares of Catch Me If You Can, and a promising drama from Fox Searchlight that will very likely get awards attention when the time comes. Cooper made quite a debut with Crazy Heart, and I'm eagerly anticipating his adaptation of The Emperor's Children which already has Rachel McAdams, Keira Knightley, Emma Thompson and more set to star. This new project also sounds like a great future step in what promises to be a long and great filmmaking career.