He's earning Oscar buzz for his performance in The Master, but one of Philip Seymour Hoffman's next big projects will likely find him behind rather than in front of the camera. Mandalay Pictures just announced Hoffman has been set to direct the supernatural thriller, Ezekiel Moss, marking his second stint behind the camera as director (he also directed Jack Goes Boating).
Keith Bunin made the 2011 Black List (the annual list of the best unproduced screenplays) with his Ezekiel Moss script. According to Mandalay Pictures, casting is just now getting underway.
The official synopsis: Ezekiel Moss is a "depression era ghost story about a young, imaginative boy living in a small dead end town who befriends a mysterious drifter who may or may not have the supernatural ability to communicate with the dead."
Announcing Hoffman's involvement as director, producer Anthony Bregman of Likely Story stated: "Philip Seymour Hoffman is an unsurpassed artist -- as an actor and director, on stage and in film. Year after year, he stuns us with his gift for finding the most interesting and precise expressions of a dramatic moment."
In addition to The Master, Hoffman's has A Late Quartet heading to theaters soon. He's currently at work on the second Hunger Games movie, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, playing Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee.
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