Relativity has hired on Oscar nominated screenwriter, Craig Borten, to pen the adaptation of Ron Chernow’s Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller. Borten, who received his first Oscar nomination this year for his Dallas Buyers Club screenplay, will now take on the task of telling the story of the founder of Standard Oil. The film is currently untitled, but will be produced by Matt Alvarez and Robert Kravis, and will be helmed by the Oscar nominated director of The Cider House Rules, Lasse Hallström.
Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller synopsis:
John D. Rockefeller, Sr.–history’s first billionaire and the patriarch of America’s most famous dynasty–is an icon whose true nature has eluded three generations of historians. Now Ron Chernow, the National Book Award-winning biographer of the Morgan and Warburg banking families, gives us a history of the mogul “etched with uncommon objectivity and literary grace . . . as detailed, balanced, and psychologically insightful a portrait of the tycoon as we may ever have” (Kirkus Reviews). Titan is the first full-length biography based on unrestricted access to Rockefeller’s exceptionally rich trove of papers. A landmark publication full of startling revelations, the book will indelibly alter our image of this most enigmatic capitalist.