Jack O’Connell and Julia Roberts are in negotiations to co-star with George Clooney in TriStar Pictures’ “Money Monster.”
Jodie Foster is directing, with Tom Rothman’s TriStar financing the pic.
Clooney stars as Lee Gates, a bombastic television stock huckster, whose program (titled “Money Monster”) and life are taken hostage by an outraged gunman (O’Connell). As the world watches, Gates must stay alive and uncover the truth behind a tangle of big money lies, with help from the show’s producer (Roberts). “Money Monster” unfolds in near real time.
Producers are The Allegiance Theater’s Daniel Dubiecki, Lara Alameddine and Smokehouse’s Clooney and Grant Heslov. Jamie Linden penned the script; Alan DiFore and Jim Kouf wrote the original draft of the script. Production will begin in the spring.