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Mountaineering Icon Reinhold Messner’s ‘White Out’ To Become Chockstone Pictures Pic

Exclusive: Chockstone Pictures has optioned rights to White Out, a story by famed mountaineer Reinhold Messner that will be adapted by Sascha Arango. Chockstone and Arango are already teaming on Arango’s adaptation of his own 2015 bestseller The Truth And Other Lies, a black comedy that just nabbed Brian De Palma as director. The Italy-born Messner is the author of more than 60 books and has had plenty to write about: He made the first solo ascent of Mt Everest without…
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Brian De Palma to direct The Truth and Other Lies

Acclaimed filmmaker Brian De Palma is set to get back behind the camera, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that he’s set to direct an adaptation of Sascha Arango’s black comedy crime novel The Truth and Other Lies.

The book, which was awards the Prix Européen du Polar du Point, the European prize for best literary debut, follows “famous writer Henry Hayden, who manages to uphold his image as a loving husband but is in danger of losing the facade when his mistress becomes pregnant.”

De Palma, whose past credits include the likes of Carrie, Scarface, The Untouchables and Mission: Impossible, has not directed a movie since 2012’s Passion. He was also the subject of the 2015 documentary De Palma from directors Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow.
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Brian De Palma To Tell The Truth And Other Lies

Esteemed filmmaker Brian De Palma has lined up an adaptation of Sascha Arango’s The Truth and Other Lies as his next project, according to Deadline.

Pitched as a black comedy, Arango will pen the screenplay, flanked by producers Steve Schwartz, Paula Mae Schwartz and Wechsler. It’s a tale that centers on one Henry Hayden, a seemingly genuine author and all-round stand-up guy who has carved out a living as a writer.

Little does the literature world know that it’s actually his wife that penned the novels that shot him to stardom, and complications begin to arise thick and fast when the identity of Henry’s mistress is revealed – and to add fuel to the fire, she’s also pregnant.

Here’s a synopsis of Arango’s source material:

Henry Hayden seems like someone you might admire, or even come to think of as a friend. A famous bestselling author.
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Brian De Palma To Direct Thriller 'The Truth And Other Lies'

It's been four years since Brian De Palma's last film, "Passion," but it's not been for lack of trying. "Happy Valley," set to star Al Pacino, fell apart at HBO, and last year it was announced that De Palma was in pre-production on the thriller "Lights Out," but that also seems to have gone away. But a new project has popped up for the director, and let's hope this one sticks. Read More: Retrospective: The Films Of Brian De Palma Deadline reports that De Palma will helm an adaptation of Sascha Arango's novel "The Truth And Other Lies." The black comedy, which will have a script from the author, follows a man, whose wife secretly authors his best-selling novels, who can't let go of his mistress. Here's the book synopsis:  Henry Hayden seems like someone you might admire, or even come to think of as a friend. A famous bestselling author.
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Brian De Palma To Direct "The Truth"

Brian De Palma has become attached to direct the black comedy "The Truth and Other Lies" for Chockstone Pictures and Nick Wechsler Productions.

Based on the award-winning 2015 Sascha Arango novel, with the author penning the screenplay. The story follows a famous writer whose facade of being a virtuous, loving husband is in danger of falling apart when his mistress becomes pregnant.

He tries to get rid of her but makes a terrible mistake in the process and ends up managing a growing series of lies and complications. Steve Schwartz, Paula Mae Schwartz and Wechsler are producing.

Source: Deadline
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Brian De Palma Will Tell ‘The Truth and Other Lies’

Nowadays, being a great fan of Brian De Palma means getting burned time and again by projects that are announced, linger, and taper off, and so I can only react to a new deal with some cautious optimism. But news is news, and word has it he’s signed to adapt Sascha Arango‘s black-comic novel The Truth and Other Lies, which the author himself has penned for the screen. [Deadline]

The basic outlines make it sound like an endeavor right up the filmmaker’s alley, following a celebrated author, Henry Hayden, whose messy personal life — his wife writes his books, for one, and he’s impregnated his mistress — and hidden past begin coming to light, necessitating the need to “manage a growing series of lies and complications.” It’s fair to say De Palma has some vested interest in lies, conspiracy, danger, suspense, and spinning these into sickly amusing scenarios — so who better,
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Brian De Palma To Helm ‘The Truth And Other Lies’

Brian De Palma To Helm ‘The Truth And Other Lies’
Exclusive: Brian De Palma has come attached to direct The Truth and Other Lies, the black comedy based on the award-winning Sascha Arango novel optioned by Chockstone Pictures and Nick Wechsler Productions. Steve Schwartz, Paula Mae Schwartz and Wechsler are producing, and Roger Schwartz is a co-producer. Arango wrote the script based on the 2015 bestseller, which was awarded the European prize for best literary debut: the Prix Européen du Polar du Point. The main…
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Chockstone, Nick Wechsler Buy Rights To Sociopath Saga ‘The Truth And Other Lies’

Chockstone, Nick Wechsler Buy Rights To Sociopath Saga ‘The Truth And Other Lies’
Exclusive: Chockstone Pictures partners Steve Schwartz and Paula Mae Schwartz have teamed with Nick Wechsler to acquire film rights to The Truth And Other Lies, a novel by German screenwriter Sascha Arango. This comes days after the trio acquired the forthcoming Olen Steinhauer spy novel All The Old Knives. Arango’s novel caught buzz coming out of the London Book Fair, and the producers have set Arango to write the script. The main character is famous author Henry Hayden, whose façade of being a virtuous, loving husband threatens to fall by the wayside when his mistress becomes pregnant. He tries to get rid of his girlfriend but makes a terrible mistake in the process. In order to keep the past from catching up to him, the author must manage a series of lies and complications to stay ahead of the truth. “The anti-hero of the novel, Henry Hayden, is a sociopath reminiscent of Tom Ripley,
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