Legendary filmmaker Ridley Scott is reportedly set to direct and Natalie Portman is in negotiations to star in the Getty kidnapping drama “All the Money in the World” for Sony Pictures.
The story will follow 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.
Lasting for six months, the case famously saw the kid’s grandfather only offer a ransom amount that was tax deductible ($2.2 million) and then loaned the remainder to his son, the boy’s father, at 4% interest to pay off the kidnappers.
Portman would play Gail, taking on a role Angelina Jolie has already passed on. Scott reportedly tried to get Jack Nicholson for Getty Sr. but that fell through, nevertheless he is determined to nail down a big star for that part.
David Scarpa (“The Day the Earth Stood Still,” “The Last Castle”) penned the script, which made the annual Black List, while Scott, Dan Friedkin, Bradley Thomas, Mark Huffam, Kevin Walsh, Quentin Curtis and Chris Clark will produce
Filming begins in Italy this May. If the story sounds familiar it should – FX and filmmaker Danny Boyle are in the midst of developing the TV series “Trust” with each season dealing with a decade in the life of the Getty family. The kidnap drama is said to be a key part of the first season’s narrative.