the man in the rockefeller suit series

The Favourite and The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos is headed to TV with The Man in the Rockefeller Suit. The series is based on the nonfiction book by Mark Seal, and tells the story of Christian Gerhartsreiter, a man who posed as a descendant of the famous Rockefeller family, along with several other aliases. The plan was originally to turn the story into a feature, but it’s now being developed by Fox Searchlight Television.

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Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch has played a Marvel superhero, a genius detective, a dragon, a Star Trek villain, and Julian Assange, but he’s never played a straight-up con man before. That’s about to change, because the actor is in early talks to play a true-life swindler in the long-gestating film adaptation of The Man in the Rockefeller Suit.
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The Black List 2014

The Black List 2014 has been released. The annual list is compiled with a poll of over 250 development executives and high-level assistants, and contains a ranking of the hot screenplays making the rounds in Hollywoodland, which were written in, or are somehow uniquely associated with, 2014 and will not be released in theaters during this calendar year. Basically, The Black List is a list of the hottest projects in Hollywood that you haven’t heard of yet.

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Briefly: Walter Salles has landed on a film to follow On the Road; trouble is, doing so means another director has left the project in question. Scott Cooper, director of Crazy Heart, was set to make the true-life story The Man in the Rockefeller Suit last year. But now he’s off the project and Salles is on in his palce.

Variety reports that things are still early and that producers at Fox Searchlight are looking for a screenwriter to adapt Mark Seal‘s 2011 book.

The story is a good one, though: it follows German-born Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, who arrived in the U.S. as a teenager in the late ’70s and began assuming various identities. He eventually settled on that of Clark Rockefeller, “reluctant scion of the family with the country’s most famous name,” and capitalized on the false persona to climb the ranks of upper-crust East Coast society — living in luxury, landing prestigious Wall Street jobs, and even maintaining a 12-year marriage with businesswoman Sandra Boss, who was unaware of his true identity. His long-term con fell apart in the ’00s, when Boss divorced him and he was arrested for kidnapping his daughter. In March 2011, Gerhartsreiter was charged with the 1985 murder of a California man named Jonathan Sohus.

Over the past couple of years, Scott Cooper‘s name has popped up in association with a number of projects, including The Hatfields and the McCoysLie Down in DarknessGangster SquadUnbroken, and most recently, The Emperor’s Children. But in fact, he hasn’t helmed another movie since his acclaimed 2009 directorial debut Crazy Heart. Now the latest picture to come his way is The Man in the Rockefeller Suit, an adaptation of Mark Seal‘s nonfiction book about a con man who spent decades passing himself off as part of the Rockefeller family. More details after the jump.

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