In an article about the 'Lawless' afterparty in Cannes, they talk about Michael Benaroya of Benaroya Pictures, producer of the movie, and the movie he's financing. There's a Rob mention. Is that one of Rob's "five projects"? We'll wait for more info.
Benaroya, who co-produced “Margin Call” last year, is fully financing “Kill Your Darlings,” a $4 million thriller with Daniel Radcliffe and Michael C. Hall about young beat poets Allen Ginsburg and Jack Kerouac and a murder.
And he’s also financing the $11 million “Hate Mail,” with Scarlett Johansson, Robert Pattinson and Philip Seymour Hall. And he executive produced “The Paperboy,” also screening in competition in Cannes.
That's a lot of money to be throwing down. Benaroya, apart from noting that he's only lost money on one movie he's made thus far, said he likes to gamble.“I’m a serious poker player," he said. "People like to underestimate me: ‘You look 25. You look like a nice guy. I’m gonna take you for everything you’ve got.’ They’re often surprised when they don’t.”
If the info in the article is correct, I believe they meant Philip Seymour Hoffman, not Hall. Just a typo.
Old article about 'Hate Mail' from Variety (Sept, 2011 - some of the names linked to the project may have changed since this article was posted):
Writing-directing team Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, who became darlings of the indie scene following "Half Nelson" and "Sugar," have set their next picture, a drama titled "Hate Mail."
Project will be fully financed by Wayfare Entertainment, which previously produced Fleck and Boden's adaptation of Ned Vizzini's novel "It's Kind of a Funny Story."
"Hate Mail" will feature interweaving stories about several Manhattanites who encounter various iterations of hate mail and grapple with the subsequent fallout of their relationships.Project reunites the filmmakers with a quartet of past collaborators, as Jamie Patricof will produce through his Hunting Lane Films banner, while Paul Mezey will produce via his Journeyman Pictures shingle. Wayfare's Ben Browning and Jeremy Kipp Walker will also produce.Mezey previously produced "Sugar" and exec produced "Half Nelson," while Patricof produced both of those films.Fleck and Boden came on Hollywood's radar with their short film "Gowanus, Brooklyn," which bowed at Sundance in 2004 before the duo expanded the story to feature-length with "Half Nelson." The duo have multiple Indie Spirit Award nominations and Fleck was named one of Variety's 10 Directors to Watch in 2006.Fleck and Boden are repped by WME and Management 360.