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Shia Labeouf and Jesse Eisenberg might be taking on the roles of stoners-turned-arms-dealers in a drama called Arms and the Dudes. The movie is being developed by The Hangover director/producer Todd Phillips, and he's the one who wants to cast the two actors in the lead roles.
According to THR the actors are in very early talks and there is still a long way to go before anything happens with the production. Phillips is co-writing the script with Jason Smilovic, and the story is based on Guy Lawson's Rolling Stone article, which follows two stoners from Miami Beach who became arms dealers for the U.S. government.
This could be a good project for the actors to take on. They'd make an interesting on screen team. Labeouf will next be seen in David Ayers' WWII tank drama Fury. Eisnenberg, on the other hand, is currently shooting Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. »
- Joey Paur
"The Hangover" director Todd Phillips has been working on "Arms and The Dudes" for the last three years. But it's only now that the project is moving forward, thanks to the addition of Shia Labeouf and Jesse Eisenberg. The movie is based on a true story and focuses on two stoners (Labeouf, Eisenberg), who got a $300 million contract to supply weapons for allies in Afghanistan. Due to their inexperience, they quickly find themselves in danger abroad and in trouble back home. Phillips is co-writing the script and will direct for Warner Bros. The story is based on a Rolling Stone article by Guy Lawson. »
• Julia Roberts has joined fellow Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow and 12 Years A Slave nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor in the remake of the 2009 Argentinian film The Secret in Their Eyes. The original feature won the Best Foreign Language film Oscar in 2010. Billy Ray, who wrote the screenplay for The Hunger Games and Captain Phillips, will write and direct the story about a former Mi-5 agent (Ejiofor) on a joint task force with the FBI, who thinks he’s finally found the man who murdered the daughter of his former partner and friend (Roberts). [Deadline]
- Jake Perlman
British character actor Sean Harris ("The Borgias," "Deliver Us From Evil," "Prometheus") has been offered and is in negotiations to play another villain - the baddie in Christopher McQuarrie's "Mission: Impossible 5" at Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions.
Driving Dick Kelly
Robert De Niro and Zac Efron are in early talks to star in "Driving Dick Kelly" (formerly "Dirty Grandpa") for Qed International. Dan Mazer is directing from a script by John Phillips, with Barry Josephson producing.
The story follows a young man (Zac Efron) who, just before his wedding, gets tricked by his perverted grandpa, who is a former U.S. Army General (Robert De Niro), to go on a road trip to Florida for spring break. Grandad tries to prove to his grandson that »
- Garth Franklin
According to Deadline, the pair are being lined up to star as two stoners turned arms dealers.
Titled Arms & The Dudes, the movie sees the duo secure a lucrative arms contract worth $300 million for allies in Afghanistan, who soon end up in danger as their lack of experience catches up with them.
The story is based on true events, first covered by Rolling Stone's Guy Lawson.
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It's been well over two years since we talked about director Todd Phillips' project Arms and the Dudes, but with today's major casting news, it's likely we'll be talking about it a lot more in the coming months. Shia Labeouf and Jesse Eisenberg are reported as being in talks to star in the film, which is based on Guy Lawson's Rolling Stone article about a pair of stoners who land a $300 million military contract to supply arms to America's allies in Afghanistan. If that wasn't weird enough, the story takes another turn when Pentagon turns on the dudes. Hit the jump for more. As The Wrap reports, Labeouf and Eisenberg are in talks to play the pair of characters inspired by real-life arms dealers David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli. No offers are currently on the table, but this pairing is certainly an interesting one. The story is compelling enough to warrant a big-screen treatment, »
- Dave Trumbore
Arms and the Dudes follows two unlikely arms dealers, stoners who obtain a $300 million dollar contract to supply weapons to allies in Afghanistan. They soon find themselves in danger overseas. The screenplay is based on a Rolling Stone article by Guy Lawson, with Todd Phillips attempting to bring it to the screen for many years now.
Arms and the Dudes is in development . The film is directed by Todd Phillips. »
The Hangover franchise director Todd Phillips has been developing a comedic drama called Arms & The Dudes for a couple years now at his Green Hat Banner, but now the project is part of a new partnership the filmmaker has with actor Bradley Cooper. The two are teaming to produce the film, based on a Rolling Stone article by Guy Lawson, about two stoners living in Miami Beach who become big-time arms dealers with a $300 million contract to supply weapons for its allies in Afghanistan. And now Deadline reports Shia Labeouf and Jesse Eisenberg will play the lead roles in the film set at Warner Bros. Pictures. Read on! While the two found fast success as arms dealers, they also found themselves in trouble abroad and in the United States with the Pentagon, quickly learning that they were absolutely out of their league. This likely won't be a straight-up comedy like Phillips has done before, »
- Ethan Anderton
Todd Phillips got the ball rolling on his planned film Arms & The Dudes with his erstwhile Hangover star Bradley Cooper producing. But now he has a cast lined up as well, with the news this morning that Jesse Eisenberg and Shia Labeouf are in talks to head up the comedy thriller.The film is based on an article for Guy Lawson wrote for Rolling Stone in 2011. The stranger-than-fiction premise involves two Miami slackers, David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli, who penetrated the "grey world" of international arms dealing and ended up with the Pentagon as a client. But a $300m contract to supply arms to the Us' allies in Afghanistan soon sent them seriously out of their depth in a very dangerous world.Eisenberg and Labeouf seem like an intriguing pairing for the film, although it remains to be seen whether Labeouf has yet put aside his recent bizarre antics.Phillips »
Shia Labeouf and Jesse Eisenberg may be taking on the roles of stoners-turned-arms-dealers in Arms and the Dudes, THR has confirmed. Warner Bros. and producer-director Todd Phillips want the duo to star in the comedy, but there's still a ways to go with talks. Phillips, who is producing under his Green Hat Films banner, is co-writing the the script with Jason Smilovic. The story, based on Guy Lawson's Rolling Stone article, follows two stoners from Miami Beach who ended up becoming arms dealers for the U.S. government. The project was one of the first
- Rebecca Ford
How do you follow a giant hit like "The Hangover" franchise? Despite the commercially disappointing third film in the series, Todd Phillips' Wolf Pack series is one of the most successful comedies in film history, but it appears that he's looking to step away from the comedy genre. Since the release of "The Hangover Part III," Phililps has become attached to thriller "Trust Your Eyes" and an adaptation of pulp hero Mack Bolan that would potentially reteam him "Hangover" star Bradley Cooper (with whom he's co-founded the production company Green Hat). But it looks like another project may come first, as Phillips is gearing up to direct the true-life tale "Arms & The Dude." Based on a Rolling Stone article and adapted by "Lucky Number Slevin" scribe Jason Smilovic, the film tells the story of two stoners who semi-accidentally become arms dealers in Afghanistan. And though Jonah Hill was circling the. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Shia Labeouf and Jesse Eisenberg are in talks to star in Todd Phillips‘ next movie “Arms and the Dudes,” multiple individuals familiar with the Warner Bros. project have told TheWrap. Neither actor has an actual offer yet, but Labeouf has been Phillips’ top target for more than a month, a fact that TheWrap held for both sides as a courtesy out of respect for the filmmaker's casting process. Also read: Brad Pitt, Shia Labeouf Welcome Logan Lerman to the Slaughter in New ‘Fury’ Trailer (Video) Labeouf and Eisenberg are poised to play a pair of potheads who become unlikely arms dealers when they. »
- Jeff Sneider
It's the dream team: Shia Labeouf and Jesse Eisenberg may be uniting to play stoner arms dealers. The duo is reportedly in talks to co-star in the black comedy "Arms & the Dudes" from director Todd Phillips (the "Hangover" films), according to Deadline. Based on Guy Lawson's Rolling Stone article, "Dudes" centers on the real life novice arms dealers from Miami who somehow won a contract from the Pentagon to furnish U.S. allies in Afghanistan with $300 million worth of weapons, only to eventually be charged with 71 counts of fraud. Jonah Hill was earlier rumored to be in talks for one of the leads, but has since exited the project. The film will be the first title from Phillips and Bradley Cooper's production company based at Warner Bros. They'll produce along with Mark Gordon, while Bryan Zuriff will act as exec producer. Jason Smilovic ("Lucky Number Slevin") is writing the script. »
- Dave Lewis
Warner Bros. and The Hangover director Todd Phillips are stepping up their game for their joint project, Arms & The Dudes, with Jesse Eisenberg and Shia Labeouf both being circled for the two leads. Should they sign on the dotted line, the duo will play a couple of stoners… who start dealing guns.
How on Earth did this bonkers-sounding film come to fruition? I hear you ask. After Phillips’ and Bradley Cooper’s new production outfit struck a deal with WB, they set about nailing down their first movie together. Lo and behold, Phillips had been squirreling away at Arms & The Dudes, based on a Rolling Stone article by Guy Lawson.
Based on a true story, twenty-somethings David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli land themselves a $300 million contract with the Pentagon to supply arms to their allies in Afghanistan. In way over their heads, the pair’s adventures found them embroiled in »
- Gem Seddon
Exclusive: Warner Bros and Todd Phillips are starting to get serious about Arms & The Dudes, the film about two stoners who become arms dealers. Talks are about to get underway with Jesse Eisenberg and Shia Labeouf to star in a film that Phillips will direct about the two unlikeliest arms dealers who got a $300 million contract to supply weapons for its allies in Afghanistan. They soon found themselves in danger abroad and in trouble back home because they were completely out of their depth. The pic is based on a Rolling Stone article by Guy Lawson and Phillips has been working on it for years under his Green Hat banner; it becomes the first major project since he joined forces with Bradley Cooper. Mark Gordon is also producing and Bryan Zuriff is exec producer. Jason Smilovic is writing the script with Phillips. Gordon got this party started, finding the article »
- Mike Fleming Jr
How many of you have ever read an actual original era pulp story? Anything involving Doc Savage or The Shadow or John Carter or Doctor Death or The Phantom Detective or Tarzan or Solomon Kane or Conan or The Continental Op? If you haven't, that puts you in what I am sure is a vast majority at this point. I can't fault anyone for not being a reader of that sort of source material. It's not something that is part of the active mainstream right now, but if Hollywood gets its way, that may be about to change. There are some huge names in the world of pulp. By far, the biggest budget pulp title currently pending release is the David Yates "Tarzan" that Warner Bros. is putting out in 2016. When I interviewed Samuel L. Jackson at Comic-Con this summer, he repeatedly told me how excited he was by what »
- Drew McWeeny
Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to the Mack Bolan book series written by Don Pendleton. The stories revolve around the Bolan character, who is an anti-terrorist operative. The studio is looking to build it as a starring vehicle for Bradley Cooper, and they also want Todd Phillips to come on board to direct it — Cooper and Phillips worked together on the Hangover films. The film will be written by Shane Salerno as soon as he's finished with James Cameron's Avatar 4.
According to Deadline, Salerno said his goal is to make a “relevant, grounded and gritty, real-world, PG-13 action-drama film series" with the elite commando Bolan as its catalyst for a trilogy. This could be a big action franchise for Cooper, who recently played Navy Seal Chris Kyle in the Clint Eastwood-directed film American Sniper.
Here's some additional information on the books and characters from Wiki:
Mack Bolan, »
- Joey Paur
A handful of the most famous actors in Hollywood are gearing up for their next projects. It looks like Johnny Depp is making a comic book with Kevin Smith. Meanwhile, Mark Wahlberg will try to keep the Bp oil rig from exploding in Deepwater Horizon. And Bradley Cooper will get to be the star of his own action franchise, potentially. More on the casting bits below.
Johnny Depp and Kevin Smith are making a movie a together. According to THR, Smith will direct the comic book movie Yoga Hosers, which will star Depp. Interestingly enough, the movie will feature the daughters of Depp and Smith, Lily-Rose Depp and Harley Quinn Smith. Michael Parks, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, Ralph Garman and Harley Morenstein are also set to star, along with Tony Hale, Natasha Lyonne, Austin Butler, Adam Brody, Tyer Posey and Jason Mewes. Hosers tells the story of »
- Laura Frances
• Mark Wahlberg may star in the Bp oil rig explosion film Deepwater Horizon from All Is Lost director J.C. Chandor. The movie is adapted from The New York Times article “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hour” and is based on the true story of the men who worked on the rig in the Gulf of Mexico when it exploded in 2010, causing one of the worst oil spills in history. Wahlberg would play the No. 2 manager on site. Matthew Michael Carnahan (World War Z) has adapted the latest draft based on an original version written by Matthew Sand. [Deadline]
• Warner Bros. has acquired »
- Jake Perlman
Although Bradley Cooper was not physically onscreen during this summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy as the feisty and volatile Rocket Raccoon, his role voicing the smallest defender of the universe put him squarely on the path to becoming a bonafide action star. That raccoon knew what he was doing around a ray gun. And no, starring in the 2010 reboot of The A-Team definitely does not count. Cooper has never been an actor who has sat idly in his roles, picking parts that run the gamut from comedy, to romance, to drama and satire; it’s a natural progression that transforming into an action star would be next. Warner Bros. has a plan, acquiring the book rights to Mack Bolan, a character created by Don Pendleton, to create a starring vehicle for Cooper. The author chronicled Bolan in 37 novels often referred to as “The Mafia Wars,” but ghostwriters kept him alive in hundred of other serializations over »
- Samantha Wilson
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