Relativity Media is putting together a biopic of entrepreneur John D. Rockefeller, and the studio has enlisted The Cider House Rules and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape director Lasse Hallstrom to take the helm. Deadline reports that Hallstrom is attached to direct an adaptation of Ron Chernow’s book Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller with Oscar-nominated Dallas Buyers Club scribe Craig Borten penning the screenplay. As the world’s first billionaire, Rockefeller is certainly one of most fascinating giants of the 19th and 20th centuries. He founded Standard Oil in 1870 and, as oil became an important resource, saw his fortune rise substantially until Standard Oil gained nearly complete control of the market. Rockefeller was also a philanthropist, giving away much of his wealth throughout his lifetime.
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