Lasse Hallstrom & 'Dallas Buyers Club' Writer Set Sights on Rockefeller
Though director Lasse Hallstrom has struggled to find decent work outside of melodrama over the past few years, maybe working with an Oscar-nominated write can up his game. Hallstrom has been behind the camera for sappy films like Dear John, Safe Haven and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, but Deadline reports he will next team up with Craig Borten, fresh off his Oscar nomination for scripting last year's Dallas Buyers Club starring Matthew McConaughey. What are they working on? Well, they will adapt Ron Chernow's biographical book Titan: The Life Of John D. Rockefeller for Relativity Media. Read on!
The man whose name has become synonymous with wealth, the shrewd businessman made his riches in Standard Oil, but was pursued by the likes of Teddy Roosevelt for his business practices for 30 years from the 1870s to late 1890s. In his book, Chernow describes Rockefeller, "What makes him problematic—and why he continues to inspire ambivalent reactions—is that his good side was every bit as good as his bad side was bad. Seldom has history produced such a contradictory figure." Sounds like a perfect figure worthy of a biopic on the big screen. Let's just hope it doesn't take 20 years to get made like Dallas Buyers Club.