Mike Fleming

Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon are set to star in 99 Homes, a timely drama that will be directed by Ramin Bahrani and will start production November 18 in New Orleans. Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park Entertainment and Image Nation Abu Dhabi will produce and fully finance. Bahrani, who helmed At Any Price and Chop Shop, wrote the script with Amir Naderi and Bahareh Azimi‐Khoie. The roles seem a strong fit for the empathy of The Amazing Spider-Man’s Garfield and the tough guy qualities of Boardwalk Empire’s Shannon. Amritraj, Kevin Turen, Bahrani, and Garfield are producing, and Manu Gargi and Justin Nappi are the exec producers. Offshore rights will be shopped at AFM, which kicks off today. CAA is repping U.S. rights.

Set against the backdrop of the economic crisis, the drama revolves around an unemployed contractor who gets evicted from his family home with his mother and his nine‐year old son. Desperate to get his home back, he strikes a deal to work for the powerful, greedy, charming, gun‐toting real estate broker (Shannon) who evicted him. While it puts a roof over his daughter’s head, becoming the broker’s apprentice puts the contractor in a moral bind: is having a home worth losing your values and soul? Bahrani’s latest film, At Any Price, most recently played at Venice.

Garfield will next be seen in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which Sony releases in May, and Shannon will soon reunite with Take Shelter helmer Jeff Nichols in Midnight Special for Warner Brothers.

99 Homes becomes the latest film in the partnership between Hyde Park and Image Nation Abu Dhabi. They are teamed on the Daniel Schechter-directed Elmore Leonard thriller adaptation Life Of Crime, which closed the Toronto Film Festival, as well as Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance with Sony; and The Fall Guy starring Dwayne Johnson. They just wrapped Careful What You Wish For, the thriller that marks the starring debut of Nick Jonas.