The Jodie Foster directed-thriller Money Monster starring George Clooney as a financial news talk-show host who is taken hostage on air by a crazed young man premieres tonight at the Cannes Film Festival out of competition. Julia Roberts plays Clooney’s TV producer Patty Fenn who tries to keep the situation together while Jack O’Connell plays a Kyle, a tortured young man who took the wrong stock tip from Clooney’s Lee Gates and lost his nest egg.

Money Monster took seven years from script to the Croisette, and husband and wife producing team Daniel Dubiecki and Lara Alameddine stopped by Deadline’s Cannes studio to tell us about the film’s journey.

“There’s always a consciousness of well, how many Wall Street movies can you really do? The thing that always for us stood out from the pack of the various Wall Street movies was that the movie is (about) a hostage situation live on air,” Dubiecki says.

Critics have compared Money Monster to the types of gritty thrillers made by Sidney Lumet, specifically Dog Day Afternoon. “His movies and this movie are about people,” says Alameddine, who explains how the production found actress Emily Meade. She plays Kyle’s wife, and appears at a key point in Money Monster to shake up the drama.

Sony is releasing Money Monster in the U.S. on Friday.