Ridley Scott To Direct Kidnapping Drama ‘ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD’ Starring Natalie Portman
Ridley Scott will direct the Getty kidnapping drama ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD for Sony Pictures as his next film. The film follows the 1973 kidnapping of oil heir John Paul Getty III and his mother Gail Harris’ desperate attempt to get the boy’s grandfather, oilman John Paul Getty Sr. (at the time the richest man in the world) to pay the ransom. Angelina Jolie passed on the Harris role and Natalie Portman is currently in negotiations and is getting near to a deal. Jack Nicholson was in talks to play Getty Sr, but those plans didn’t ended well.
The grandson of the oil billionaire, Getty was snatched at age 16 with a $17 million ransom demanded. When the family didn’t reply fast enough to the ransom note, Getty’s captors forwarded an envelope that contained his ear, with a promise that more pieces would follow. Ultimately, the ransom was paid, Getty was found in southern Italy, and the kidnappers got away with the fortune. Getty III later became the father of actor Balthazar Getty.
With a Black List script by David Scarpa, All the Money in the World is produced and financed by Imperative Entertainment’s Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas, alongside Scott and Mark Huffam and Kevin Walsh of Scott Free, as well as Quentin Curtis and Chris Clark.
Production will begin in Italy this May.
Back in 2007, Universal Pictures and director Peter Berg acquired the screen rights to John Pearson’s book “Painfully Rich: The Outrageous Fortune and Misfortunes of the Heirs of J. Paul Getty”, with Robin Shushan writing the script.