Two time Academy Award winner Jodie Foster has landed her next directing gig. Deadline reports that she will be at the helm for an untitled drama based on the book “The Day They Stole the Mona Lisa” by Seymour Reit. Bill Wheeler (“Ghost in the Shell”) is set to write the script.
The award winning true-crime book tells the story of how the Mona Lisa painting was stolen from the wall of the Louvre in Paris back in 1911. The film will be backed and fully financed by the Los Angeles Media Fund, who recently had three films at Sundance and are looking to greenlight even more productions.
The LAMF has a March release date set for “Rob Peace,” which has been scripted and directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor and is based on the biography of Rob Pearce. “Il Duce” is also expected to start production as per Deadline, with a script sent out in the hopes of picking up a director.
This Mona Lisa drama will be Foster’s first directed film since 2016’s “Money Monster,” a crime drama starring George Clooney. She has spent more of her directing career recently in television, with episodes of “Black Mirror,” “Orange is the New Black” and “House of Cards” to her name.
Her episode of “Orange Is the New Black” entitled “Lesbian Request Denied” landed Foster an Emmy nomination, as well as a DGA nomination for Directorial Achievement in a Comedy Series. In the same year, her “House of Cards” episode was also DGA nominated.
Foster has always been keen on the director’s chair even before she won her second acting Oscar. The same year as her acclaimed performance in “The Silence of the Lambs,” she made her directorial film debut with “Little Man Tate.” Foster won her first Academy Award for her performance in “The Accused,” but has not been nominated at the Oscars since 1995.
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