Park Pictures Features announced today Academy Award-winning actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman, is set to star in God's Pocket, the upcoming film directorial debut from Emmy-nominee John Slattery. Slattery adapted the screenplay with Alex Metcalf from the novel by National Book Award Winning author Pete Dexter. Academy Award-nominee Richard Jenkins, Emmy Award-nominee Christina Hendricks and award winning actor John Turturro will co-star. Jay Cohen of Gersh will handle all film sales.
Park Pictures Features will produce the film in partnership with Hoffman's Cooper's Town Productions and Slattery's Shoestring Pictures, which makes its producing debut with this film. Acclaimed director/cinematographer Lance Acord has signed on to shoot the film, which will be produced by Sam Bisbee, Jackie Kelman Bisbee, Slattery, Lance Acord and Galt Niederhoffer, for Park Pictures and Emily Ziff and Hoffman for Cooper's Town. The film will be executive produced by Wendy Neu and White Hat Entertainment's Danny Rifkin, Tom Valerio, Rick Rifkin and Bill Perry. Sara Murphy of Cooper's Town will co-produce, with Theodora Dunlap and Erika Hampson of Park Pictures Features.
Set in the gritty blue-collar neighborhood of God's Pocket Mickey's crazy stepson Leon is killed in a construction 'accident' and Mickey quickly tries to bury the bad news with the body. But when a local columnist comes sniffing around for the truth, things go from bad to worse. Mickey finds himself stuck in a life and death struggle between a body he can't bury, a wife he can't please and a debt he can't pay.
Producer Sam Bisbee had this to say in a statement.
"We are thrilled to have Philip Seymour Hoffman and this incredible cast onboard to help us bring John Slattery's beautiful film to life."
Emily Ziff and Sara Murphy also released a joint statement.
"God's Pocket is our kind of film. We at Cooper's Town have long been fans of John Slatterys work and Phil is honored to be a part of telling this one-of-a-kind story."
Philip Seymour Hoffman recently wrapped production on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Anton Corbijn's A Most Wanted Man. He was previously seen in Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master and the independent film, A Late Quartet. Hoffman is represented by attorney Robert Marshall at Greenberg, Glusker.