While Damien Chazelle is already set to reteam with Ryan Gosling for the Neil Armstrong biopic First Man, a screenplay that the La La Land director wrote more than seven years ago is on its way to the big screen.
Oceanside Media has optioned the rights to The Claim, Chazelle’s script that landed on the prestigious Black List back in 2010. The thriller follows a single father with a criminal past, who, while searching for his missing daughter, must battle the strange claims of a couple who assert that the child belongs to them.
“I am excited to be partnering with Route One and Motion Picture Capital to produce this amazing project from Damien Chazelle,” said Scott Clayton, founder and executive chairman of Oceanside. “He has written a mesmerizing and bone-chilling thriller confirming his talent as a truly versatile screenwriter. We look forward to bringing this haunting film to audiences around the world.”
The acquisition of The Claim, which is being eyed for a 2018 release, continues the incredible run for Chazelle, who last month became the youngest filmmaker to ever win the Oscar for Best Director. The 32-year-old also scored nominations for both of his last two features, Whiplash and La La Land.