With his performance in The Master ready to be seen by audiences this weekend, Philip Seymour Hoffman is already setting his sights on the director’s chair. Hoffman is set to helm Ezekiel Moss, a Depression Era ghost story from Keith Bunin’s Black List script. This picture would mark Hoffman’s second directorial effort after 2010’s Jack Goes Boating. The story centers on a young boy in a small town who befriends a drifter who claims he can speak to the dead. Hit the jump for more on Hoffman and Ezekiel Moss.
Variety broke the news that Hoffman would be directing Ezekiel Moss from Bunin’s Black List script. Mandalay Pictures’ producer Cathy Schulman had this to say about Hoffman’s addition to the project:
“Hoffman is one of the great talents of our generation. We are thrilled to be in his capable hands directing this captivating and gothic exploration of faith and the supernatural.”
Here’s a look at the synopsis from Bunin’s Black List script for Ezekiel Moss:
A mysterious stranger who possibly has the power to channel the souls of the dead changes the lives of everyone in a small Nebraska town, especially a young widow and her 11-year-old son.
Be sure to get caught up on all of our coverage for The Master so far. Hoffman is currently filming director Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, where he will star as Plutarch Heavensbee. Hoffman talks bout why he took the role here. He’ll also be seen later this year in Yaron Zilberman’s A Late Quartet.