Motherless Brooklyn is a 2019 American crime film written, produced and directed by Edward Norton, based on the 1999 novel of the same name by Jonathan Le-them. Norton also stars in the film, along with Bruce Willis, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Bobby Canaveral, Cherry Jones, with Alec Baldwin and Willem Defoe.
A private investigator with Tourette syndrome works to solve the mystery of his mentor’s demise during 1950’s NYC.
Set against the backdrop of 1950s New York, Motherless Brooklyn follows Lionel Essrog (Norton), a lonely private detective afflicted with Tourette’s Syndrome, as he ventures to solve his friend’s murder. Armed only with a few clues and the powerful engine of his obsessive mind, Lionel unravels closely-guarded secrets that hold the fate of the whole city in the balance.
Production commenced in February 2018 in New York City with Norton Willem Defoe Bruce Willis, Gugu Mbatha-raw and Alec Baldwin, among others, set to star. Bobby Canaveral and Dallas Roberts joined the cast a few weeks later. On 22nd March a fire broke out in the cellar of the building where production was taking place, beneath the film’s set. The resulting blaze killed FDNY Firefighter posthumously promoted to Lieutenant Michael R. Davidson of Engine 69. Production was temporarily suspended the next day, and was resumed a week later. Additional filming took place in December 2018 in Troy, New York.
Motherless Brooklyn had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on August 30, 2019. It also screened at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival on 10/09/2019 and will be released in the United States on 1st NOV 2019.