Ridley Scott Wants Natalie Portman for His Getty Kidnap Drama
March 15, 2017
Ridley Scott is directing kidnap drama “All the Money in the World” with Sony handling worldwide distribution.
Ridley Scott is finalizing plans to next direct All the Money in the World, the David Scarpa-scripted Black List drama about the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his mother Gail Harris to get the boy’s grandfather to pay the ransom. The real drama will apparently be in what amounted to an epic struggle between Gail Harris and her estranged ex-father-in-law, oilman John P. Getty. The grandfather of the kidnapped teen was apparently incredibly frugal, even though he was repeatedly declared during the 1950s and 1960s to be the richest man in the world. (For context to see how wealth distribution has changed, he died while being worth a grand total of $2 billion, about $40 to $85 billion less than the 10 current richest men in the world.)
As a consequence, the elder Getty initially refused to pay his grandson’s ransom, reasoning that it would place a bounty on his other 13 grandchildren. He also resented his son, grandson, and his ex-daughter-in-law who had previously refused his money to raise her children his way.
The role of Gail Harris has been tossed around to a few top-tier actresses, including Angelina Jolie who reportedly could not accept the role due to a conflict in her schedule. Now, Scott is hoping to secure Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman for the part. Coming off an Oscar-nominated turn playing another real-life figure in Jackie, Portman is a strong match for the material. Reports are saying that Portman is close to signing, and that in addition to Portman, Jack Nicholson is being persued for the role of the penny-pinching Getty Sr.. Again, neither of these actors have been confirmed to star in the drama at this time, but here’s hoping.
The film is being produced and financed by Imperative Entertainment. Producers are Imperative’s Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas; Ridley Scott, Mark Huffam and Kevin Walsh through Scott Free; Quentin Curtis and Chris Clark. David Beaubaire is overseeing for Sony.
Scott is in post-production on his sixth “Alien” film, “Alien: Covenant,” which Fox will open May 19. Producers plan to begin shooting the Getty film in May in Italy.