Fox Acquires 70s-Style Thriller for 'Whiplash' Director Damien Chazelle

Shawn Levy is producing director Damien Chazelle's next project through his 21 Laps company, with the story said to be in the same vein as a 1970s paranoid thriller.

20th Century Fox has acquired an untitled pitch that will be written and directed by Damien Chazelle, the breakout filmmaker whose hit drama Whiplash won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

No plot details have been released, but the story is said to be a, "high-concept and character-driven genre film inspired by the paranoid thrillers of the 1970s." Shawn Levy is on board to produce through his 21 Laps Entertainment production company. Dan Cohen and Will Rack are overseeing the project for 21 Laps, Mark Roybal and Sarah Schweitzman overseeing for 20th Century Fox.

Damien Chazelle made his feature debut with Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, and he also wrote the script for this year's thriller Grand Piano, which starred Elijah Wood. The filmmaker is expected to direct La La Land next, a musical about two artists falling for each other in L.A., which has Emma Watson and the director's Whiplash star Miles Teller currently attached.

Sources: Deadline

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