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In the Works: Jodie Foster Set to Wrangle 'Money Monster'

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood October 11, 2012 at 6:02PM

Jodie Foster has lined up her next directing gig with indie drama "Money Monster," from a script by Alan DiFiore and Jim Kouf. The story centers on a TV personality whose Wall Street trading tips get him in trouble when he's held hostage on air by a disgruntled viewer.
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Jodie Foster

Jodie Foster has lined up her next directing gig with indie drama "Money Monster," from a script by Alan DiFiore and Jim Kouf. IM Global will raise financing for the film overseas.

The story centers on a TV personality whose Wall Street trading tips get him in trouble when he's held hostage on air by a disgruntled viewer. Said viewer followed through on a bad tip, losing all his family's money, and is now hellbent on revenge on the financial guru who steered him in the wrong direction. The debacle turns into a media frenzy as ratings for the show soar and the entire country watches.

Foster has a stronger track record as an Oscar-winning actress ("Accused," "The Silence of the Lambs") with both quality cred and more mainstream appeal than as a director. Thus far she has directed a trio of intelligent, well-acted films that have not fared well at the box office: relationship drama "Little Man Tate," dark family comedy "Home for the Holidays," and Mel Gibson psychological drama "The Beaver," in which she also starred. Roman Polanski's "Carnage" was her last acting gig; up next is Neill Blomkamp's dystopian thriller "Elysium," opposite Matt Damon.

"Money Monster" producer is Allegiance Theater founder Daniel Dubiecki, who nabbed an Oscar nomination for producing "Up in the Air" (with Jason and Ivan Reitman). Production is on track to start in early 2013. Casting is still to come. 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.