A24, J.C. Chandor Adapting 'The Liar’s Ball'

J.C. Chandor - H 2015
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J.C. Chandor - H 2015

The 'A Most Violent Year' helmer will produce with an eye to direct the film based on Vicky Ward’s book.

A Most Violent Year director J.C. Chandor is reteaming with distributor A24 for the film adaptation of Vicky Ward’s book The Liar’s Ball.

Chandor will produce the film with his long-time producers Neal Dodson and Anna Gerb. Chandor will likely also direct the project, which centers on the history of New York’s famed G.M. Building (which faces the southeast corner of Central Park) from before it was built to the present.

Ward's book tells the tale of industry titans who fought it out over one of the crown jewels of New York City real estate. Much of the story in the book focuses on Harry Macklowe and his battles to own and redevelop the G.M. Building in the 1990’s and into the 2000’s. That battle resulted in the now famous Apple Store “glass cube” but also ultimately in Macklowe losing the building.

Gideon Yago (The Newsroom, Manhattan) will write the screenplay for the film, which will also be backed by producer-financier Eva Maria Daniels of VisionChaos Productions. Zachary Quinto, who produced and starred in Chandor’s Margin Call, will executive produce.

“Commercial real estate in New York City has long fascinated me, to the point where I once had a broker’s license," says Chandor. "The story that Vicky has captured through relentless research and interviews explores the drama and the romantic nature of buildings in a city that has continued to push closer and closer to the sky with each passing year.”

A24 and VisionChaos Productions are working together on a slate of development projects, with A24 set to distribute the films when they come to fruition.