EXCLUSIVE: Fresh from winning the Goya Award this weekend for his film El Clan, Argentinian filmmaker Pablo Trapero has been set to direct The Man In The Rockefeller Suit for Fox Searchlight Pictures. David Bar Katz has adapted the book by Mark Seal. Donald De Line is producing. The film tells the true story of Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, an imposter who conned his way into various jobs on Wall Street — as well a marriage — posing as a member of the Rockefeller family. After achieving a life in rarefied social circles, his past finally catches up with him and he fears losing custody of his only daughter.
Trapero won the Goya for Best Ibero-American film for The Clan, which will have a platform release in the U.S. beginning March 19 through Fox. He won the Silver Lion for the picture at last year’s Venice Film Festival, just at it broke the record for largest local-language opening of all time in Argentina.
Trapero has twice had films nominated for Best Foreign Language Film Oscars, for Lion’s Den and Carancho. Trapero, whose White Elephant premiered in Un Certain Regard at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, chaired the Cannes jury for Un Certain Regard at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
Trapero is repped by CAA. David Greenbaum is shepherding the film for Searchlight.