Michael Keaton is set to star and direct the dark thriller Knox leaves, which was written by Gregory Poirier and is produced by Trevor Matthews and Nick Gordon of Brookstreet and Michael Sugar and Ashley Zalta of Sugar23. Carter Stanton will executive produce for Brookstreet and Jillian Kay for Sugar23.
The film follows a hitman who, after being diagnosed with a rapidly progressing form of dementia, is offered the opportunity to redeem himself by saving the life of his estranged adult son. But to do so, he must race against the police closing in on him as well as the rapidly deteriorating countdown of his own mind.
ICM Partners and Verve Ventures co-represent national rights. FilmNation Entertainment handles international sales at the next Cannes market. The film is scheduled to shoot in late August in Los Angeles.
Keaton comes off some of the best reviews of his career for the Hulu limited series Dope, which has already earned him a SAG and a Critics Choice Award and is sure to have him among those Emmy contenders this season. He is also set to reprise his role as Bruce Wayne aka Batman in Warner Bros. the flash photo.
Keaton is replaced by CIM and attorney Wendy Kirk. Poirier is replaced by Verve, Sugar23 and lawyer Don Steele