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J.C. Chandor, Zachary Quinto Producing ‘The Liar’s Ball’ Adaptation

Gideon Yago is writing the screenplay, based on Vicky Ward’s non-fiction book by the same name, and Chandor may direct

J.C. Chandor is teaming up with his “Margin Call” star Zachary Quinto and distributor A24 to produce a movie adaptation of Vicky Ward’s book, “The Liar’s Ball,” which Chandor is eyeing to direct.

The “Most Violent Year” director will serve as producer alongside long-time producers Neal Dodson and Anna Gerb as well as producer-financier Eva Maria Daniels of VisionChaos Productions. Quinto will executive produce.

“The Newsroom” writer Gideon Yago has closed a deal to write a screenplay based on Ward’s non-fiction book, which tells the full history of New York’s famed G.M. Building from before it was built to the present.


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The book, which has been optioned by the producers, explores a complex tale of industry titans fighting over one of the crown jewels of New York City real estate.

The story focuses on Harry Macklowe battling to own and re-develop the G.M. Building in the 1990’s and into the 2000’s. Although he lost the building, he rebounded and built a new real estate empire after that loss.

The producers describe the story as “a Horatio Alger and King Lear tale set in a fascinating and high-stakes milieu.”


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“Commercial real estate in New York City has long fascinated me, to the point where I once had a broker’s license,” Chandor said in a statement. “The story that Vicky has captured through relentless research and interviews explores the drama and the romantic nature of buildings in a city that has continued to push closer and closer to the sky with each passing year.”