It’s been an interesting few weeks for La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz, who lost the Best Picture Oscar in stunning fashion but gained a ton of respect from his industry peers for how he gracefully handled an unimaginable situation under extraordinary pressure.
Not only did he start production on his wife Julia Hart’s second feature Fast Color, starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, but he just signed on to work with movie maestro Martin Scorsese on Rodrigo Prieto’s directorial debut BASTARD. That’s not a bad consolation prize if you ask me, even if it hardly comes as consolation.
Prieto is the gifted cinematographer who shot Scorsese’s Silence, as well as Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain. He’ll direct Bastard from an original script by Bill Gullo. Set in the small town of Bird’s Point, Missouri, the story is described as a taut revenge thriller set against the backdrop of a looming flood, though plot details beyond that are being kept under water.
“Rodrigo’s work as a cinematographer has consistently floored me,” said Horowitz, who will produce under his Original Headquarters banner, while Scorsese and his longtime collaborator Emma Tillinger Koskoff will serve as executive producers.
First Look Media’s entertainment studio Topic will finance the film, which is expected to start production in the first quarter of 2018. Adam Pincus and Annie Marter will oversee the project for the company.
Prieto served as cinematographer on Alejandro González Iñárritu’s directorial debut Amores Perros as well as 21 Grams and Babel, not to mention Ben Affleck’s Best Picture winner Argo. He has also worked alongside giants of cinema such as Spike Lee, Oliver Stone, Cameron Crowe and Pedro Almodovar. Prieto also directed the short film Likeness, which stars Elle Fanning and premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival.
WME Global brokered the deal and will represent North American rights to Bastard, though it’s ICM Partners that reps Prieto and Gullo, the latter of whom is also repped by Management 360 Scorsese is repped by WME and LBI Entertainment.
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief