J.C. Chandor has his next project lined up. A24 Films announced that the acclaimed director of All is Lost and A Most Violent Year will produce—and possibly direct—the cinematic adaptation of Vicky Ward’s inside look at the history of New York’s General Motors Building, The Liar’s Ball.
“Commercial real estate in New York City has long fascinated me, to the point where I once had a broker’s license,” Chandor said in a statement. “The story that Vicky has captured through relentless research and interviews explores the drama and the romantic nature of buildings in a city that has continued to push closer and closer to the sky with each passing year.”
“When I heard J.C. wanted to turn my book into a movie I couldn’t believe it!,” Ward said in a statement. “I always try—as far as journalistic license allows—to condense time and space in my work the way he does, so that in the foreground, you have larger-than-life characters thrashing about in extremes and the reader has no choice but to get inside their headspace and see things from their perspective.”
Ward’s nonfiction book thoroughly details the life of the GM Building, with a particular focus on Harry Macklowe’s efforts to redevelopment the property in the 1990s, his forfeiture of it, and his subsequent rise. “It’s a Horatio Alger and King Lear tale set in a fascinating and high-stakes milieu,” per the statement.
This marks a reunion with A24 for Chandor: The production company distributed A Most Violent Year last year. Chandor almost worked on another inspired-by-real-life drama; Chandor was set to helm Deepwater Horizon, starring Mark Wahlberg, but was replaced by Peter Berg.
Chandor is re-teaming with longtime collaborators Neal Dodson and Anna Gerb to produce. Actor Zachary Quinto—star of Chandor’s Margin Call—will executive produce. Gideon Yago (The Newsroom) is currently researching and writing the script.