Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died suddenly today at the age of 46, was due to direct Prohibition-era drama Ezekiel Moss later this year. I understand he had been actively involved with the project for well over a year, developing it with Keith Bunin, author of the 2011 Black List script. On Friday, it was announced that Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal had boarded the hot project which follows a widow whose life is forever changed by a mysterious drifter with the divine ability to channel and physically inhabit the spirits of the dead. A Likely Story’s Anthony Bregman and Mandalay Vision’s Cathy Schulman are producers with PalmStar Media Capital’s Kevin Frakes and Merced Media Partners’ Raj Brinder Singh. In the wake of today’s sad news, they will now assess possible next steps. Exclusive Media was due to kick off pre-sales at next week’s EFM, but Hoffman’s untimely death has put those plans on hold. Here’s a statement from Exclusive:
Exclusive Media is deeply saddened to learn the shocking news of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s passing. He was a truly gifted actor and director who not only inspired his fellow colleagues, but audiences around the world and he will be greatly missed. We give our sincere condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time. As such, Exclusive Media will not be presenting Ezekiel Moss to international buyers at EFM at this time while producers explore the next steps for the film.