Not long after director Ridley Scott introduced scenes from his upcoming film Alien: Covenant at SXSW, the Tracking Board has confirmed that Scott is currently finalizing plans to direct ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD based on a Black List script by David Scarpa. Production and financing are being handled by Imperative Entertainment, while Sony Pictures is taking on worldwide distribution.
The script tells the harrowing, real-life story of John Paul Getty III’s kidnapping and subsequent ransom. As a teenager, the grandson of J. Paul Getty was kidnapped in 1973 with a ransom of $17 million sent to the family. While it was initially believed to be staged by the rebellious teen himself, when a lock of his hair and his severed ear was sent to the family, they realized it was real.
John Paul Getty III was raised solely by his mother, Gail Harris, after she divorced his father and refused J. Paul Getty’s offer of millions. This led to a tense relationship between Harris and her father-in-law and eventually, Getty turning a cold shoulder on both her and his grandson, until eventually he agreed to a $2.9 million sum, which freed the boy.
Currently, Scott is in talks with Natalie Portman to star as Harris, with production slated to begin in May in Italy.
David Beaubaire is overseeing for Sony, with Imperative’s Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas producing alongside Scott and Mark Huffam and Kevin Walsh of Scott Free. Quentin Curtis and Chris Clark will also produce.
Imperative recently acquired the books Killers of the Flower Moon and Tangerine, with Scarlett Johansson attached to the latter. They are also developing the World War II drama Atlantic Wall with Bradley Cooper.
Alien: Covenant is slated for a release this May and Scott is also executive producing Blade Runner 2049 with a release date for later this year. Another film he’s directing, The Cartel, will likely be pushed back because of this new feature. He’s represented by WME.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor