It was announced last week that actor Nicolas Cage is set to star in the upcoming project from David Gordon Green called Joe based on the novel by Larry Brown.
Worldview Entertainment, a financing and production company, has made quite a name for themselves at this year’s Toronto Film Festival and has announced that they will take over the southern drama. Gary Hawkins is set to adapt the novel for film.
London-based WestEnd Films is handling international sales and shopping the project to foreign buyers gathered in Toronto for the festival. CAA, which packaged and arranged financing for Joe, is handling domestic rights.
Joe follows the life of an ex-con who becomes an unlikely role model to a 15-year-old child named Gary Jones, who is the oldest child of a homeless family complete with a drunk and worthless father. Together they attempt to find a path to redemption in the small, rugged town of Mississippi.
Gordon Green spoke about the project saying:
“When Larry Brown wrote the novel Joe, he instantly created an iconic character of contemporary Southern literature,” Gordon Green said. “It is with great excitement that I’ve been able to work with Nicolas Cage to design an absolute and unexpected performance piece that is woven from the darkness, beauty, humor and environment of this material.”
Christopher Woodrow, Worldview CEO, stated regarding the project:
“Joe is an elevated and unapologetic drama that has great potential creatively and commercially. David and Nic are the perfect team to put this on the big screen, and we look forward to sharing in their success.”
There is no word yet on when the project is expected to begin filming or any other talent that is attached to the cast.