Sara Colangelo to direct Michael Keaton and Stanley Tucci in biopic ‘What Is Life Worth’

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“The Kindergarten Teacher” helmer Sara Colangelo has been tapped to direct MadRiver Pictures’ biographical drama “What Is Life Worth.”

Michael Keaton is starring in the fact-based project, with Stanley Tucci to co-star, according to Deadline Hollywood. Principal photography is set to begin in New York in April.

The Black List script from Max Borenstein is based on Kenneth Feinberg’s acclaimed memoir.

The story centers on Feinberg, a powerful Washington, D.C., insider and lawyer put in charge of the 9/11 Fund. In almost three years of pro bono work on the case, Feinberg battled cynicism, bureaucracy and politics associated with administering government funds to victim’s families — and in doing so, discovered what life is worth.

Titled “What Is Life Worth?: The Inside Story Of The 9/11 Fund And Its Effort To Compensate The Victims Of September 11th,” Feinberg’s book was published by Hachette in 2006.

“Spotlight‘s” Michael Sugar is producing the film alongside MadRiver Pictures’ Marc Butan, Sean Sorensen, Borenstein, Bard Dorros and Keaton. Kim Fox will executive produce along with Riverstone’s Nik Bower and Deepak Nayar. Riverstone and Ingenious are financing, with Peter Touche and Andrea Scarso executive producing.

IMR International is managing worldwide sales, while UTA and ICM Partners are on domestic.

Colangelo joins the project after timing didn’t work out with originally announced director David Frankel, according to Deadline.

“What Is Life Worth” will be her third feature. “The Kindergarten Teacher,” starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, debuted at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and won the Best Directing prize. Netflix picked up the film and released it last October. Colangelo previously wrote and directed the 2014 drama “Little Accidents,” which earned her a best first screenplay nomination for the Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Oscar nominee Tucci most recently starred in “A Private War” with Rosamund Pike and Jamie Dornan, while fellow Oscar nominee Keaton will next be seen in Disney’s live-action version of “Dumbo.” Keaton and Tucci co-starred in the 2015 Oscar-winning fact-based film “Spotlight.”


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