Anton Corbijn, who directed George Clooney in "The American,' is attached to direct "Life," which chronicles the relationship between photographer Dennis Stock and James Dean.
Luke Davies ("Candy") wrote the movie, which Iain Canning and Emile Sherman will produce for See-Saw Films ("The King's Speech").
Set in 1955 before the premiere of "East of Eden," story follows photographer Dennis Stock, who meets undiscovered star James Dean at a party and quickly comes to believe that the free-spirited actor has the potential to personify a social revolution. Beset with guilt from being an estranged parent to his son, Dennis slowly emerges from behind his bravado, spending time with Jimmy in Los Angeles, New York, and Indiana, having been commissioned Life Magazine. The photos would capture a star in the making and provide Dennis with the self-belief to be an international renowned artist.
Pre-production on "Life" will start in early 2014.
Founded in 2008 by Sherman and Canning, See-Saw Films produced Oscar winner "The King's Speech" and Steve McQueen's sex addiction drama "Shame," which starred Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan. The company is currently in post-production on John Curran's "Tracks," which stars Mia Wasikowska. See-Saw’s first television series, Jane Campion‘s "Top of the Lake," just finished its run on the Sundance Channel.
Corbijn, who made his name in music videos, made his feature directorial debut with the Ian Curtis biopic "Control." His next film, "A Most Wanted Man," stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe and Robin Wright. He's represented by CAA and Independent Talent.
Davies is repped by UTA, EML Entertainment and attorney Craig Emanuel.