Michael Keaton is in talks to star in the real-life inspirational drama WHAT IS LIFE WORTH. The Devil Wears Prada helmer David Frankel will direct from Max Borenstein’s Black List script, based on Kenneth Feinberg’s acclaimed memoir.
The film is billed as in the vein of Erin Brockovich and Oscar-winning Spotlight, which Keaton also starred. What is Life Worth centers on Feinberg, the powerful DC insider lawyer who was put in charge of the 9/11 fund. In the three years of pro bono work on the case, Feinberg had to fight off the cynicism, bureaucracy and politics associated with administering government funds. He also dealt with personal struggles against the justice system’s notion that compensation for death should be directly related to the financial circumstances of each victim, which ultimately led to discovering what life is worth and coming away with the belief that all should be treated equally.
Michael Sugar will produce the film alongside MadRiver’s Marc Butan, Sean Sorensen and Borenstein and Bard Dorros. Kim Fox, Nik Bower, and Deepak Nayar are executive producing with Riverstone financing.
Feinberg’s book, What is Life Worth? The Inside Story Of The 9/11 Fund And Its Effort To Compensate The Victims Of September 11th was published in 2006 by Hachette. Sorensen then acquired the rights and developed the script with Borenstein.
Keaton was nominated for an Oscar for his work in Alejandro G Inarritu’s 2014 Birdman. He was seen in last year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, American Assassin, and The Founder and recently wrapped production on Tim Burton’s Dumbo. He is represented by ICM Partners.
This was first reported by Deadline.
April Dawn | Editorial Intern