Julien Temple set for art forgery film

Directing 'Fake!' about Elmyr de Hory

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Director Julien Temple is to take on the story of art faker Elmyr de Hory, written by the equally notorious hoax biographer Clifford Irving. Richard Gere played him in "The Hoax" in 2007.

Temple has pacted with U.K. based production and finance house Film and Music Entertainment to direct "Fake!," scripted by Michael Kalesniko.

Temple is working with Kalesniko with a view to a spring shoot in Spain, France and Croatia.

Kalesniko's credits include Howard Stern's "Private Parts" and Kenneth Branagh vehicle "How to Kill Your Neighbour's Dog," and he is working on a rewrite of sci-fi spoof "Iron Sky" for F&ME.

"Fake!" details the complex emotional triangle between the three main protagonists, the two fakers and Orson Welles, who made his last film about de Hory.

Temple said: "There's an element of 'To Catch a Thief' about what they do. As becomes clear in his conversations with Welles, one of the most amazing illusions Elmyr maintained during all the years of his career as an art forger was that he was not a criminal and what he was doing was not a crime. He knew of course it was against the law but so was jaywalking or smoking a joint. What he did, unlike governments and politicians, didn't harm anyone else."