Scott Z. Burns is returning to feature film directing with his upcoming CIA drama THE TORTURE REPORT, and a number of prestigious actors are now in talks to star. Annette Bening, Adam Driver, Jon Hamm and Jennifer Morrison are the four actors in negotiations to star in Burns’ film.
As with some of Burns’ previous films, The Torture Report handles a serious subject matter, this time being about the CIA’s extreme interrogation program on detainees following the 9/11 attacks.
Vice Studios is producing and financing the project with Burns producing, along with Danny Gabai, Eddy Moretti, Jennifer Fox, Michael Sugar, Steven Soderbergh and Kerry Orent. UTA is handling the North American rights to the film and presumably will be at Cannes finding buyers.
The UTA-repped Burns is best known for his writing, having scripted The Informant, Contagion and Side Effects for Steven Soderbergh, as well as The Bourne Ultimatum. The Torture Report will be Burns’ first feature that he’s directing from his own script since his 2006 HBO film Pu-239.
Represented by CAA, Bening recently starred in the indies Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool and The Seagull, which will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival this month before opening on May 11.
Driver was recently seen in Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi and will reprise the role of Kylo Ren in Star Episode IXʼ, as well as star in Spike Lee’s Black Klansman, which is thought to be one of this year’s awards contenders. He is represented by the Gersh Agency.
Morrison was one of the stars of ABC’s hit series Once Upon a Time, and she’ll next be seen in Sony’s upcoming SuperFly remake and in Alex Pettyfer’s directorial debut Back Roads, which also debuts at Tribeca. She is repped by CAA and Anonymous Content.
This news was first reported on by Deadline.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor