Relativity Media is working on a movie about Standard Oil founder John D. Rockefeller.
The producers have hired Lasse Hallstrom to direct, according to Hollywood publication Variety.
Screenwriter Craig Borten has been tapped to adapt Ron Chernow’s 1998 book “Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller Sr,” Variety said.
Rockefeller is considered the richest person in history, with an estimated net worth when he was alive of $660 billion in 2007 USD equivalent.
He later became America’s greatest philanthropist.
Relativity’s Tucker Tooley and production president Robbie Brenner are overseeing the project.
Brenner and Rachel Winter produced “Dallas Buyers Club.”
Rockefeller’s influence on the oil industry is felt every day.
For example, he wanted to make sure Standard Oil customers knew they were getting 42 gallon in a barrel of oil. So Rockefeller shipped his oil in distinctive blue barrels. Today a barrel of oil is abbreviated “bbl,” with the first “b” standing for “blue.”
Hallstrom’s directorial credits include “My Life as a Dog” and “Cider House Rules.”
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1911 that antitrust law required Standard Oil to be broken into smaller, independent companies. Among the “baby Standards” that still exist are ExxonMobil and Chevron.
Chernow’s brilliant book “Titan” describes Rockefeller as “history’s first billionaire and the patriarch of America’s most famous dynasty . . . an icon whose true nature has eluded three generations of historians. . . A devout Baptist and temperance advocate, Rockefeller gave money more generously–his chosen philanthropies included the Rockefeller Foundation, the University of Chicago, and what is today Rockefeller University–than anyone before him.”
OPA’s popular post, ‘The Nine Most Amazing Facts About John D. Rockefeller,’ is here.