Matthew McConaughey‘s next drama, “Gold,” will begin production in June, and producers hope to sell foreign rights to the film directed by Oscar winner Stephen Gaghan at the European Film Market in February.
“Imitation Game” producer Teddy Schwarzman’s Black Bear Pictures announced on Wednesday that Sierra/Affinity will be representing the project at EFM, which runs concurrent to the Berlin International Film Festival.
“Gold” is based on the real-life experience of a modern day prospector, played by McConaughey, who teams up with a geologist to hunt for gold deep in the unchartered jungle of Indonesia. The globe-trotting adventure culminates in one of the most unexpected and scandalous frauds of our time.
Shooting locations for the picture fully funded by Black Bear, and written by Patrick Massett and John Zinman (“The Blacklist,” “Friday Night Lights”), include Thailand, New York and New Mexico.
Schwarzman is producing with McConaughey, Massett, Zinman and Michael Nozik (“Syriana”), through his Hwy61 banner.
McConaughey was most recently seen in “Interstellar” and HBO’s “True Detective,” and won his first Oscar last year for his performance in “Dallas Buyers Club.” Gaghan wrote and directed “Syriana” in 2005, and won an Oscar before that for writing “Traffic.”
“As alluring as its yellow namesake, ‘Gold’ is the stuff producers’ dreams are made of. This is a powerful, iconic story about chasing your dream regardless of consequence, and reminds us all that in this day and age, nothing should be taken at face value,” Schwarzman and Nozik said in a statement. “We are honored to collaborate with Steve and Matthew McConaughey on this special project, and can’t wait to start shooting.”
McConaughey, Gaghan and Hwy61 are represented by CAA which is also representing the domestic distribution rights of the film.