Jodie Foster is set to direct the financial drama Money Monster for IM Global, according to Coming Soon. The film will mark the actress-turned-director’s first trip behind the camera since the 2011 Mel Gibson flick The Beaver. At present, the project, which will be produced by Daniel Dubiecki (Juno, Up in the Air), doesn’t have a script or a cast. However, Grimm scribe Alan DiFiore and National Treasure writer Jim Koufe will reportedly tackle the screenplay.
The Hollywood Reporter describes the upcoming Jodie Foster drama as follows:
” ‘Money Monster’ follows Lee Gates, a television personality whose insider trading tips make him the guru of Wall Street. That is, until he’s held hostage on air by a man who has lost all of his family’s money because of a bad tip. Ratings soar as the entire country tunes in to find out just how much a man’s life is worth.”
Next up for Jodie Foster is District 9 director Neill Blomkamp’s science fiction actioner Elysium with Matt Damon, Sharlto Copley, and William Fichtner. The film, set in the year 2159, follows one man’s mission to bring peace between wealthy space station residents and the poor folks who live on a nearly-uninhabitable Earth.
Although Jodie Foster is known for her work in front of the camera, the actress has directed a handful of critically-acclaimed motion pictures over the years. In addition to the upcoming drama Money Monster and the aforementioned Mel Gibson vehicle The Beaver, Foster delivered such memorable cinematic efforts as Home for the Holidays with Robert Downey Jr. and the 1991 drama Little Man Tate. In 1988, Foster contributed the episode “Do Not Open This Box” to the popular HBO horror series Tales from the Crypt.
If everything goes accordingly, director Jodie Foster’s financial flick Money Monster should arrive in theaters sometime late next year. Production is slated to begin soon.