Edward Norton will finally star in, and direct, his passion project
Edward Norton (“The Incredible Hulk”) is finally getting a chance to direct his passion project 15 years in the making.
Starting this fall he will begin production on “Motherless Brooklyn,” an adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s novel by the same name.
Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment will finance the film, and Ratner (“Money Talks”) will produce.
Norton’s story takes place in 1954 in New York, and he will play Lionel Essrog, a lonely private detective afflicted with Tourette’s syndrome, who tries to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend. Armed only with few clues and an obsessive mind, Lionel slowly unravels closely guarded secrets that have major ramifications.
It leads him through Harlem jazz clubs, Brooklyn slums and sets him against thugs and Gotham power brokers to honor his friend and save a woman who might offer his own salvation.
This certainly sounds like a great chance for him to sink his teeth into some meaty material; both as an actor and director.