A24 has fast become one of the most interesting studios today, working with young or otherwise interesting directors on a vast array of projects, from coming-of-age tales to western thrillers to highly experimental sci-fi and more. One such film, A Most Violent Year, saw the studio team up with J.C. Chandor, and apparently the experience went so well Chandor is working with the studio again on his next project, The Liar’s Ball.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Liar’s Ball will be adapted by Gideon Yago (“Newsroom“) from Vicky Ward‘s book of the same name, which centers on the history of New York’s famed General Motors Building from before it was built to the present.
[amz asin=”B00NJ38NRM” size=”small”]Ward’s book peers into the world of commercial real estate in New York City, namely the dealings of industry titan Harry Macklowe and his battles to own and redevelop the General Motors Building in the 1990s and 2000s, which resulted in the “glass cube” Apple Store on the bottom floor but also ultimately in Macklowe losing the building.
Between Margin Call, All Is Lost, and A Most Violent Year, Chandor has shown he can tell both an intimate tale and a sprawling one, and also that he can take a sprawling one — that of the most recent market collapse — and boil it down to its essence: a group of investment bankers forced to make a decision. In other words, I’m excited to see what Chandor does here and there is little doubt in my mind he won’t churn out a movie worth seeing.