— Paul Wesley (@paulwesley) April 22, 2016
Sidney Hall is an upcoming American drama film written and directed by Shawn Christensen. The film starsLogan Lerman, Elle Fanning, Michelle Monaghan, Kyle Chandler, Nathan Lane, Blake Jenner, Margaret Qualleyand Tim Blake Nelson.
A young novelist, Sidney Hall, writes a generation-defining book that makes him world-famous. This sets him on a downward spiral that destroys him, as he is depicted from the ages of eighteen, twenty-four and thirty.
While touring alongside The Killers in the United States with his band, Stellastarr, Shawn Christensen wrote a number of short stories that he shared with his friend, Paul Wesley. Alongside Jason Dolan, he compiled the stories into a spec script called Sidney Hall, which Wesley described in an interview as, “one of the most beautiful things [he] ever read in [his] life”. Wesley presented the screenplay to William Morris Endeavor, which signed both Christensen and Dolan. The screenplay for Sidney Hall was first reported to have been acquired through a discretionary fund by Scott Free Productions in 2008. Joe Russowas to direct, Ridley Scott and Tony Scott were to be the executive producers, Michael Costigan was to be the producer and Jim Sturgess was to play the titular character.
After the release of Christensen’s feature length directorial debut in 2014, Before I Disappear, Christensen looked to Sidney Hall as his next project, which had not seen active development by Fox Searchlight Pictures in five years. A number of film production companies, including Fox Searchlight Pictures andAmazon Video, aggressively pursued rights to the film, but Christensen opted to have the film independently produced and financed.