Writer/director Roger Donaldson (Hungry Rabbit Jumps, The Bank Job, The Recruit) has locked in his next directing project titled Cities which will star Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Clive Owen (Duplicity, Inside Man, Children of Men, Closer) and Slumdog Millionaire star Anil Kapoor.
The financial thriller is being produced by Matthew Metcalfe and Chris Curling. Donaldson also co-wrote the screenplay for Cities from an original script called “Extreme Cities” written by Glenn Wilhide.
Julie Christie will executive produce alongside Eyeworks New Zealand who will partner on the production.
“We are very excited to be working with two of the finest cinema talents working in the industry today. Clive is one of the finest actors of his generation, while Roger’s consistent high standards, talent and box office success demonstrates his continued ability to deliver films of the highest international caliber,” said Metcalfe.
Cities is a cautionary tale about greed and ambition that takes place in the exuberant months leading up to the Dow Jones all-time stock market high. Fortunes, both big and small are put at risk as people around the globe gamble that the financial markets meteoric rise will continue. In New York, a hedge fund manager has everything he wants money, sex and power, but he wants more. In London, a young couple just want to buy their first home, but it seems impossibly out of reach. In Mumbai, a cop fights against corruption between property speculators and his colleagues. These stories will all dramatically collide in a world where the fortunes of individuals are interwoven with the lives of others across the globe they have never even met.
The film is set to lens October 2011 shooting in multiple cities that will include London, Mumbai and New York.
“‘Cities’ is a project that I am very enthusiastic about, commented Donaldson. “Set in the great cities of the world this film will tell a story for our time while also being a relevant, dramatic, exciting and a highly watchable movie”
Lisa Wilson’s Parlay Films will handle international sales for the film and will debut the project at the upcoming Cannes Film Market. UTA’s Independent Film Group helped to package the film and structure the financing, and will represent domestic rights with CAA.