Walter Salles, Not Scott Cooper, Directing 'Man in the Rockefeller Suit'
by Ben Pearson
January 31, 2013
In 2011, Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper was in negotiations to write and direct The Man in the Rockefeller Suit, a true life con man film based on Mark Seal's 2011 book. But Cooper moved on to direct the revenge story Out of the Furnace, and now Variety reports that On the Road and The Motorcycle Diaries helmer Walter Salles is in talks to take over. The story chronicles the incredible deception of Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, a German-born man who conned his way through high society for years, posing as a member of the famous Rockefeller family and lying to his wife of twelve years about his identity. Read on!
Gerhartsreiter's wife figured out the truth, and after the two got divorced, Gerhartsreiter was arrested for kidnapping their daughter. A few years later, he was charged with a murder that happened in Los Angeles in 1985. It's a pretty wild story, and it sounds like this could be a darker version of Catch Me If You Can or The Talented Mr. Ripley when it makes it to the screen. Donald De Line is producing for Fox Searchlight, and while I would have preferred Cooper's take on the subject, Salles could be a good choice if he can provide more of a focus to this vision than what he did with his wandering adaptation of On the Road. The next big question mark is who will be cast in the lead, and I'd love to see Michael Fassbender charm his way through this unbelievable true story. What do you think?
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