After racking up numerous awards with Jason Reitman (the bearded gent in the photo above) for their screenplay for Up in the Air, Sheldon Turner is now set to make his directorial debut with By Virtue Fall, which he also wrote. According to Variety, the story “revolves around a man who is framed by his mentor and winds up in prison. Once released, he’s fixated on getting revenge on his former partner, who has flourished in his new life and tried to cleanse himself of the past.” Here’s an idea if you’re planning to frame someone in order to send them to prison: make sure they don’t get out of prison. People who are framed don’t learn to turn the other cheek in prison. At least not in that sense of the phrase.
Speaking of making By Virtue Fall the first film he’ll direct, Turner said, “[Directing] is something that I’ve long held in high regard. I approach it cautiously and reverently. This script was the first I’ve written that made me feel like I had no choice but to embark on my directing career.” The Hurt Locker producer Nicolas Chariter will finance and produce the thriller.