EXCLUSIVE: Jean-Marc Vallée, who just helmed Dallas Buyers Club, is teaming with production company Mr. Mudd to develop Demolition from a Black List screenplay by Bryan Sipe. Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich, and Russell Smith will produce for Mr. Mudd and Jason Reitman and Helen Estabrook are exec producers with Vallée’s producing partner and manager Nathan Ross. Mr. Mudd just produced Reitman’s Labor Day and Juno. Shooting begins this fall. The story centers on a young investment banker struggling to understand his emotional disconnect after the tragic death of his wife. He begins to tear apart his life in a distraught effort to see where he went wrong, but is ultimately rescued by a woman he meets in a chance encounter. It looks like another solid indie for Mr. Mudd, which recently produced The Perks Of Being A Wallflower.
“Demolition is such a powerful and touching story, written with a strong and sincere desire to try to understand the human psyche, what makes us so unique, so special, what makes us love,” Vallée said. “This is a script of a rare quality, of a beautiful humanity.” Sipe is repped by UTA and Manager Brad Mendelsohn. Vallee previously directed Crazy and Cafe De Flore.