Philip Seymour Hoffman To Direct Ghost Story
The actor is in talks to helm an intriguing supernatural tale.
Currently enjoying high praise for his turn in Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master – which many are dubbing the actor’s finest performance yet – Philip Seymour Hoffman seems to be considering stepping behind the camera to helm the Depression-era ghost story, Ezekiel Moss.
When not acting, Hoffman often spends his time directing theatre and has a number of acclaimed productions to his name, but his film directing work so far is refined to 2010’s drama, Jack Goes Boating. While not widely seen, the film – in which the actor/director stars alongside Amy Ryan and John Ortiz – was modestly impressive and definitely revealed Hoffman’s deft touch on the other side of the lens as well.
His potential next big-screen outing as a director is based on a Black-Listed script by Keith Bunin (who has worked on HBO’s In Treatment) and centres around a young boy who befriends a drifter who may be able to communicate with the dead.
Anthony Bregman of Likely Story (the production house behind Synecdoche, New York) and Cathy Schulman of Mandalay Pictures (Soul Surfer) will produce.
“Hoffman is one of the great talents of our generation,” Schulman said. “We are thrilled to be in his capable hands directing this captivating and gothic exploration of faith and the supernatural.”
Picture caption: Hoffman in The Master.