Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore and Amanda Seyfried are set to star in Atom Egoyan's next picture, Chloe, gearing up for a February shoot in Toronto.
With a screenplay by Erin Cressida Wilson (Secretary, Fur: An Imaginary Portrait Of Diane Arbus), the film will be produced through Ivan Reitman and Tom Pollock's LA-based production outfit The Montecito Picture Company, the company confirmed today.
Egoyan's Adoration producing partners, Simone Urdl and Jennifer Weiss of Toronto's The Film Farm, will act as service producers.
StudioCanal, which is fully financing Chloe, will handle worldwide sales and distribute the film in
Montecito has an output deal with Paramount however Montecito could not confirm whether Paramount will be distributing the film in North America.
The new film is a departure for Egoyan in that it is the first screenplay he will direct that he has not written himself.
Wilson, a screenwriter, playwright and author as well as a professor of dramatic writing at the University of California at Santa Barbara, won the 2003 Independent Spirit prize for Secretary. In 2005 Wilson was commissioned to write a screenplay entitled Natalie for Montecito, which Reitman was slated to direct. That has now morphed into Chloe.
Reitman, who grew up in Canada, is a key supporter of the Toronto International Film Festival's new home, the Bell Lightbox, now under construction.
Egoyan directed Neeson this past summer in a stage adaptation of Samuel Beckett's one-man tele-play Hey Joe at New York's Lincoln Center. Egoyan originally mounted the adaptation at Dublin's Gate Theatre with Michael Gambon in the only role. Gambon was reportedly impressed with Egoyan's directorial prowess. Clearly, Neeson was similarly affected.