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STX Acquires Rights to Ridley Scott’s Getty Kidnap Thriller ‘ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD’

May 20, 2017

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STXinternational has announced that they have acquired Ridley Scott’s next project, ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD, a true crime thriller that chronicles the harrowing 1973 kidnapping of J. Paul Getty III.

Sony Pictures is handling North American and UK distribution. An Imperative Entertainment and Scott Free production, the film is currently a hot project at the Cannes Film Festival.

From a Black List script by David Scarpa and stars Kevin Spacey as J. Paul Getty, Michelle Williams as Gail Harris and Mark Wahlberg as the ex-CIA negotiator brought to the case and Charlie Plummer as J. Paul Getty III will star.

Dan Friedkin, Bradley Thomas, Scott, Mark Huffam, Chris Clark and Quentin Curtis will produce. Kevin Walsh executive produces.

All the Money in the World follows the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his mother Gail Harris to get the boy’s wealthy oilman grandfather to pay the ransom. This is a strong character piece: combined with a ticking-clock thriller of a race to save a kidnap victim being mistreated by his mob-tied captors. It’s a back-and-forth between a mother trying to recover the son she raised alone, and the boy’s grandfather, Getty Sr. Despite being the world’s richest man, he would not initially pay up, arguing it would put a price tag on all his grandchildren. That led to the boy’s severed ear showing up in a mailed envelope.

Eventually, Harris and the boy’s father reportedly were able to convince him to pay $2.2 million (the highest amount); Getty lent his son another $70,000 to be repaid with interest– and the $2.9 million ultimately freed the boy. Getty, who was chained to a stake in a cave in Italy throughout this six-month ordeal, never recovered. He lived a tragic life that included a drug overdose that left him with a stroke and kidney failure and a quadriplegic. He died at age 52 in 2011.

Imperative’s Friedkin said:

“Bradley and I are honored to be a part of this film, and to have the opportunity to work with Ridley Scott, who we know will masterfully bring this story to life. We are so grateful to Sony for entrusting us with it, and thrilled that STX shares our vision and passion for this unbelievable true story.”

Krosse said:

“This is the kind of amazing story and film that will be a huge title internationally, especially as the intimate and behind-the-scenes details of this crime involving one of the world’s most wealthy families are revealed through the lens of this heart stopping drama. We are tremendously honored to be working with the team at Scott Free and are especially eager and excited to begin our relationship with Imperative on this important film for STXInternational.”

Fogelson said:

“Ridley Scott is a master storyteller like none other and this is a film that has it all. Ridley has assembled an outstanding dream cast with Michelle Williams, Kevin Spacey and Mark Wahlberg and we could not be more excited or proud to be involved with this epic event motion picture at STXFilms.”

Production starts this month in Europe.

Currently, Scott’s Alien: Covenant is out in theaters. He had The Cartel, an adaption of Don Winslow’s bestseller about the drug war at FOX, but has pushed it back to do All the Money in the World. 

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