February 14, 2018
Michael Keaton In Talks For ‘What Is Life Worth’; David Frankel Helming From Max Borenstein’s Black List Script – Berlin
EXCLUSIVE: Oscar nominee Michael Keaton is in negotiations to star in biographical drama, What Is Life Worth. David Frankel is directing from Max Borenstein’s 2008 Black List script that’s based on Kenneth Feinberg’s acclaimed memoir recounting the inside story of the 9/11 Fund and its effort to compensate victims. Spotlight‘s Michael Sugar will produce alongside MadRiver’s Marc Butan, Sean Sorensen and Borenstein and Bard Dorros. Kim Fox is exec producing along with Riverstone’s Nik Bower and Deepak Nayar. Riverstone is financing and IMR is launching the project here at the EFM.
What Is Life Worth is billed as in the vein of Erin Brockovich and Oscar-winning Keaton-starrer Spotlight. It centers on Feinberg, the powerful DC insider lawyer who was put in charge of the 9/11 Fund. In almost three years of pro bono work on the case, Feinberg fought off the cynicism, bureaucracy and politics associated with administering government funds and in doing so, discovered the value of life, concluding all should be treated the same. Additional casting is underway on the inspirational drama.
Keaton won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar for Alejandro G Inarritu’s 2014 Birdman and recently wrapped production on Tim Burton’s Dumbo. He was also seen in last year’s smash Spider-Man: Homecoming and Michael Cuesta’s American Assassin.
Frankel is best known for helming The Devil Wears Prada and Marley And Me. He won a Primetime Emmy for his work on HBO’s Band Of Brothers, and a 1997 Oscar for his short, Dear Diary. More recent credits include Hope Springs featuring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, and Steve Carell; and the Will Smith-starrer Collateral Beauty.
Borenstein co-wrote Legendary and Warner’s upcoming monster mash, Godzilla: King Of The Monsters, and last year’s global hit Kong: Skull Island.
Riverstone Pictures recently financed Julian Schnabel’s At Eternity’s Gate and Harmony Korine’s The Beach Bum, and produced Stanley Tucci’s Final Portrait starring Geoffrey Rush and Armie Hammer, which debuted in Berlin last year.
Sorensen acquired the rights to Feinberg’s memoir and developed the Black List script with screenwriter Borenstein. What Is Life Worth was also developed with Isabella’s Basil Productions.
Keaton is repped by ICM Partners, Frankel is repped by WME and Anonymous Content, and Borenstein is repped by UTA.