Errol Morris made his bones as a feature documentary director and won the 2003 Oscar for The Fog Of War about Robert McNamara. Now he has come aboard Le Grisbi Productions’ Holland, Michigan, a suburban thriller laced with black humor based on a script by first-timer Andrew Sodroski. Le Grisbi’s John Lesher and Adam Kassan are producing, and they’re aiming for a spring 2014 start date. Sean Murphy brought the project into the company and will be co-producer.
Morris’ docu credits include The Thin Blue Line and Tabloid, and he serves as executive producer with Werner Herzog on the Indonesia-set documentary The Act Of Killing, the buzzed fest title that Drafthouse Films opens in the U.S. on July 19. Morris latest docu, The Unknown Known: The Words Of Donald Rumsfeld, is in postproduction after TWC-Radius acquired it in Toronto last fall. Morris, repped by WME, only has a couple of narrative features under his belt, including the 1991 mystery The Dark Wind. He is currently also attached to the narrative feature Freezing People Is Easy, the Zach Helm-scripted pic that has Paul Rudd, Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson and Christopher Walken involved in a story about the early history of cryogenics.
Sodroski, a Boston native and Medieval History major from Harvard, got his MFA in screenwriting at Columbia and currently lives in Kosovo. He is repped by CAA, Principato-Young and Myman Greenspan.
Lesher’s Le Grisbi is in preproduction on David Ayer’s World War II tank drama Fury starring Brad Pitt and recently wrapped Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Birdman. He also produced Blood Ties, Guillaume Canet’s English-language debut starring Clive Owen, Marion Cotillard, Billy Crudup, Mila Kunis and James Caan. Lionsgate picked up U.S. rights during this year’s Cannes.