MadRiver Pictures announced Oscar nominee Michael Keaton (Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is in negotiations to star in What Is Life Worth, based on the memoir by Kenneth Feinberg. Max Borenstein wrote the script for the true-life biographical drama that’s described as an “Erin Brockovich/Spotlight-type story.”
David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada, Collateral Beauty) is on board to direct the film which is currently in the casting stage. Oscar winner Michael Sugar (Spotlight), Marc Butan, Sean Sorensen, Max Borenstein, and Bard Dorros are producing. Kim Fox is executive producing with Riverstone Pictures’ Nik Bower and Deepak Nayar.
IMR is handling sales of What Is Life Worth at the European Film Market.
Michael Keaton recently finished work on Disney’s Dumbo directed by Tim Burton and targeting a 2019 theatrical release. His other recent credits include Spider-Man: Homecoming with Tom Holland, American Assassin co-starring Dylan O’Brien, Spotlight based on Boston Globe’s reporting of the Catholic Church child molestation scandal, and The Founder in which he starred as McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc.
Keaton was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his lead performance in Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s critically acclaimed film, Birdman. Birdman earned Keaton a Golden Globe, two Critics’ Choice awards, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Actor award, an Independent Spirit award, and a Screen Actors Guild award as a member of the Birdman ensemble.
Director Frankel’s credits include Hope Springs, Marley and Me, One Chance, and The Big Year.
The Plot: Based on the acclaimed memoir by Kenneth Feinberg, What Is Life Worth follows Feinberg, a powerful insider D.C. lawyer put in charge of the 9/11 Fund, who in almost 3 years of pro bono work on the case, fights off the cynicism, bureaucracy and politics associated with administering government funds and in doing so, discovers what life is worth.