EXCLUSIVE: Richard Gere will produce as well as topline Time Out Of Mind, a drama about a New Yorker who enters a shelter when he runs out of housing options, then struggles to put the pieces of his life back together and fix a troubled relationship with his estranged daughter. It’s the next directing job for Oren Moverman, who was Oscar-nominated in 2010 for co-writing The Messenger. He also adapted the script from a story by another Oscar nominee, The Constant Gardener‘s Jeffrey Caine. Gere, Caroline Kaplan and Lawrence Inglee will produce the pic, which is slated to start production in March. QED will handle international sales starting next month in Berlin. WME and Paradigm are handling domestic rights.
QED, which is not involved in the financing of this one, adds this to a full plate ahead of the European Film Market confab in Berlin. Films on offer include another Gere pic, Franny; Barry Levinson’s Rock The Kasbah, starring Bill Murray and Bruce Willis; David Ayer’s tank drama Fury starring Brad Pitt; and the Jason Bateman-directed The Family Fang starring Bateman and Nicole Kidman.
“Time Out Of Mind has obsessed me for many years now,” Gere said. “It is a profoundly human story that we are determined to make into a powerful film that speaks to everyone. I am proud and delighted to be collaborating with the brilliant writer/director Oren Moverman in telling this emotional and uncompromising story of loss, connection and the possibility of redemption.
Added Moverman: “Richard is an actor I’ve admired for a long time and I am honored to be working with him on a movie that doesn’t pussyfoot around social issues while telling a very accessible, human tale about a dispossessed man who is also a father, a lover, a friend and a statistic that deserves our attention.”