Edward Norton is set to star in and direct "Motherless Brooklyn" for RatPac Entertainment. Filming is expected to begin late this year in New York.
Norton also penned this loose adaptation of the Jonathan Lethem novel which moves the action from the contemporary times of the book to a New York 1954 setting.
Norton will play Lionel Essrog, a lonely and obsessive private detective afflicted with Tourette's syndrome. As he tries to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, he unravels closely guarded secrets that have major ramifications.
Ratner, Norton and William Migliore will produce.