Duelling projects, two works about the same story opening weeks or just a few months apart, are a relatively common problem with Hollywood. In that race, it’s often whoever comes first that wins – no matter the quality.
So is the case with Ridley Scott’s “All the Money in the World,” the upcoming film about the 1973 kidnapping of John Paul Getty III (played by Charlie Plummer), heir to the Getty oil empire. Scott is getting a leg up on the “Slumdog Millionaire” team of Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy whose new FX series “Trust” covers the same story.
While “Trust” hits in January, Scott’s film opens this December and is already scoring talk of serious awards contention. Shot this Summer in Italy, the film stars Michelle Williams as the kidnapped boy’s mother Gail Harris who desperately attempts to get his grandfather, oilman John Paul Getty Sr (Kevin Spacey) – at the time the richest man in history – 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.
Mark Wahlberg also stars as the older Getty’s lawyer and liaison to Gail in this case, while Timothy Hutton, Olivia Grant, Romain Duris, Charlie Shotwell and Marco Leonardi co-star. David Scarpa penned the script which made the annual Black List. “All The Money In The World” opens on December 8th.