Hubris, the first U.S. production from the critically-acclaimed French director Olivier Assayas, got a big boost yesterday when it was announced that CG Cinemas’ Charles Gillibert, Bluegrass Films’ Scott Stuber, Emjag Productions’ Alexandra Milchan, and Film 360’s Scott Lambert have all been attached to produce. Assayas, known for Summer Hours and the Golden Globe award-winning miniseries Carlos, had previously worked with Gillibert on last year’s film Something in the Air, which played in Venice and won Best International Feature at the Chicago Film Festival in 2012.
Gillibert has primarily operated in France to this point, and with Lambert a bit of green producer (though he’s been involved in the industry for some time, including thanks credits on films like Monster’s Ball and Resurrecting the Champ), Stuber and Milchan are certainly the heavy hitters here. Stuber is currently at work on Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson’s comedy The Internship, the samurai epic 47 Ronin, starring Keanu Reeves, and Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West. He’s been particularly active though in comedies in the last ten years (everything from Role Models to Ted), but has worked on grittier action/dramas such as Repo Men and Safe House. Milchan, meanwhile, is late of Bullet to the Head, Righteous Kill, and Street Kings, with Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street and Robert Luketic’s Paranoia in the pipeline. The four lauded Assayas’s work in a joint statement, calling him “one of the most dynamic filmmakers on the global film scene.”
Hubris is a crime thriller based on a true story about a group of thieves led by John Mendell who decide to rob a pawnshop which turns out to be a front for infamous Chicago crime boss Tony Accardo. The story was taken from an article originally written by Hillel Levin. Accardo and his Chicago Outfit (led by Al Capone decades before Accardo took over) were known for their brutality.
Hubris is set to start production in the second quarter of 2014.