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Paramount Pictures has won the rights to Erik Larson's non-fiction book The Devil in the White City, which has Leonardo DiCaprio attached to star and Martin Scorsese set to direct. Paramount beat out four other studios, including Universal Pictures and 20th Century Fox. The adaptation is a passion project for Leonardo DiCaprio, who was attached to star when the adaptation was set up at Warner Bros. back in 2011. The studio let the rights lapse last month, leading to the bidding war that Paramount eventually won.
The Devil in the White City centers on Dr. H.H. Holmes (Leonardo DiCaprio), who is believed to be one of America's first serial killers. The story is set in 1893, during the Chicago World's Fair, where he is said to have killed anywhere between 27 and 200 people. Holmes built The World's Fair Hotel, which he designed to lure in his victims, specifically young, single women. »
Deadline Hollywood is reporting that William Friedkin, the Oscar-winning director of The Exorcist, The French Connection and Sorcerer, is planning to direct a film version of Don Winslow's crime thriller novel The Winter of Frankie Machine about a retired Mafia hit man who finds that someone is out to kill him. He must figure out who it is and why before time runs out. The project is in its early stages with no financing or studio attached. Friedkin won't approach investors or seek a distribution deal until a script is finalized. Winslow is said to be working on the screenplay now and Friedkin may collaborate on that. The book has tempted directors such as Martin Scorsese and Michael Mann in the past but nothing became of those projects. Friedkin wants to get back to his roots and shoot the movie in a gritty style with a budget of $15 million maximum. »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
It’s a thrill to see William Friedkin developing new projects. He’s got his hands in a TV show based on his own film To Live and Die in L.A., and now he’s moving forward with a film based on Don Winslow‘s novel The Winter of Frankie Machine, about a retired mob killer with a new life as […]
- Russ Fischer
Deadline is reporting that legendary filmmaker William Friedkin is set to direct an adaptation of best-selling novel The Winter of Frankie Machine.
Both Michael Mann and Martin Scorsese had previously been linked to the project, as was Robert de Niro, but now it looks like Friedkin is finally getting it off the ground. The adaptation of Don Winslow’s 2007 novel has been on the horizon for several years now, and Friedkin will start from scratch with Winslow set to write the script.
The drama revolves around Frank Machianno, “a mob hitman who has retired to run a bait shop. He agrees to help the son of a mob boss resolve a dispute with another Mafioso but is forced to turn into Frankie Machine again when he realizes he’s been set up to be killed.”
No word on any casting just yet, but we will keep you posted when news is announced. »
- Scott J. Davis
Don Winslow's novel The Winter of Frankie Machine has been in development with directors ranging from Martin Scorsese and Michael Mann to Oliver Stone. Now, thanks to the massive deal that will see Ridley Scott directing Leonardo DiCaprio in the adaptation of Winslow's The Cartel, The Winter of Frankie Machine will now be developed for director William Friedkin. The legendary filmmaker... Read More »
- Alex Maidy
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen "will write and possibly direct an adaptation of Ross MacDonald’s bestselling novel Black Money," reports Variety's Justin Kroll. Also in today's roundup on projects in the works: William Friedkin will develop to direct an adaptation of Don Winslow's The Winter of Frankie Machine, even as Ridley Scott is in line to direct Shane Salerno's adaptation of Winslow's current bestseller, The Cartel. Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One will be released in December 2017. Joining Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Kristen Stewart and Bruce Willis in Woody Allen's next as-yet-untitled project will be Corey Stoll, Ken Stott, Anna Camp, Stephen Kunken, Sari Lennick, Paul Schneider and Jeannie Berlin. » - David Hudson »
Author Don Winslow has been having a pretty good summer, what with his novel "The Cartel" climbing the bestseller charts and then being picked up by 20th Century Fox for an adaptation by Ridley Scott. Fox also acquired Winslow's "The Power of the Dog" at that time, and it seems a third Winslow adaptation is in the offing, too. amz asin="0307277666" size="small"According to Deadline, William Friedkin is set to develop and direct a film version of Winslow's 2007 novel "The Winter of Frankie Machine", which tells the story of a retired mob hitman who must revert back to his old ways when he realizes he's wanted dead. The project was once set up at Paramount but currently has no studio attachment or backing. Martin Scorsese and Michael Mann were each on board to direct for a time, with Robert De Niro attached to star, but that all fell through some time ago. »
- Jordan Benesh
Well, you certainly can't argue with the kind of names the adaptation of Don Winslow's "The Winter Of Frankie Machine" has been attracting. In the early 2000s, Martin Scorsese kicked around the project as a potential vehicle to reteam with Robert DeNiro, and then Michael Mann took a look not long after. But it lay dormant for a long spell, though Winslow assured folks a few years ago that development was still proceeding with a new director to be named. It's taken three years for that to happen, but better late than never, right? Read More: The Essentials: The 5 Best William Friedkin Films Deadline reports that William Friedkin will now develop and direct the project, with Winslow to lend a hand on the script. The thriller tells the story of Frankie Machine, retired mob hitman who has cut all ties with Mafia but is called in to do a »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The story follows Frank Machianno, a mob hitman who has retired to run a bait shop. He agrees to help the son of a mob boss resolve a dispute with another Mafioso but is forced to turn into Frankie Machine again when he realizes he’s been set up to be killed.
Friedkin will reportedly start fresh with a script that Winslow will either write or co-write and hopes to make the project on a sub-$15 million budget and in the same way he did "Killer Joe," the gritty indie thriller adaptation of the Tracy Letts play starring Matthew McConaughey. »
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: William Friedkin will develop to direct The Winter Of Frankie Machine, an adaptation of the 2007 Don Winslow bestselling novel that once had Martin Scorsese and then Michael Mann attached to direct, and Robert De Niro attached to star. The project, which shook free of Paramount some time ago, hasn’t yet been set up anywhere. They’ll start fresh with a script that Winslow will either write or co-write. This comes after Winslow made a monster Fox deal for his… »
Ridley Scott delivered Prometheus back in 2012. The film landed to a mixture of emotions, but no matter what you say it certainly sparked conversation and a modest showing at the box office, though far from blockbuster numbers. Since then we've wondered when the sequel might arrive as Scott seemed interested to return to that world and never shied from answering questions and neither did the cast. Now a new piece from Total Film (via Scified), discussing Scott's upcoming sci-fi feature The Martian (10/2) suggests Prometheus 2 will be his next feature, with production expected to begin in January 2016. "I've got back into the sci-fi thing, I kind of adore it," Scott told the magazine and while it may seem unlikely Fox would move forward with both Scott's Prometheus 2 and the anticipated Alien feature from Neill Blomkamp, which reportedly had to be changed a bit as Scott felt it "was bumping Prometheus 2 a little bit, »
- Brad Brevet
Love it or loathe it, Ridley Scott’s pseudo-prequel Prometheus pulled in over $400 million at the worldwide box office in 2012, and if a report by Total Film is to be believed, the esteemed filmmaker will return to expand a universe that spans three and a half decades early next year.
That’s right, after work is wrapped up on his adaptation of Andy Weir’s The Martian, Scott will remain in the sci-fi genre and kickoff production on Prometheus 2 in January of 2016. As quoted in the print issue of the magazine, the director has seemingly caught the sci-fi bug once again – no facehuggers this time, thankfully – and he can’t wait to get started on the anticipated sequel.
“I’ve gotten back back into the science fiction thing. I kind of adore it.”
Given that Scott shuffled the original start date in order to work on The Martian, while »
- Michael Briers
Ridley Scott may go back to the drug trade at some point in the future. The director explored some ugly inevitabilities of the drug trade in The Counselor, and now he is signed to make a film based on Don Winslow‘s recent novel The Cartel. The novel, which follows ten years’ worth of the diverging paths […]
- Russ Fischer
Ridley Scott is to direct an adaptation of Don Winslow’s Mexican drug-war thiller The Cartel, after the rights to the novel were acquired by 20th Century Fox after a fierce bidding contest, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The Cartel, which was published shortly before the infamous jailbreak of real-life cartel boss Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, became the subject of considerable Hollywood interest after Guzmán’s escape made global news. It is set during the narco-terror of the period 2004-10, and follows a DEA agent and a cartel operative as they try to take each other down.
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- Andrew Pulver
I found myself at a bookstore the other day -- despite owning a Kindle, which feels a bit like a crime -- and saw a novel titled "The Cartel" dominating the shelf space. Cloaked in an orange dust jacket featuring a black bulletproof vest and white typeface, the book just looks good. I could have purchased it on the spot right then and there. The problem: I'm broke. So "The Cartel" is now on my wish list, but the good news is if I never quite get around to reading it, Don Winslow's novel is set to become a movie. According to The Hollywood Reporter, 20th Century Fox purchased the rights for Winslow's new novel (as well as its 2005 precursor, "The Power of the Dog") after Ridley Scott committed to direct the project. Shane Salerno (Savages) is set to take on the script. amz asin="1101874996" size="small"What's more, »
- Jordan Benesh
The novel is said to be “a fictional take on the notorious Sinaloa drug boss whose daring July 18 escape from a Mexican prison dominated international news headlines.” Deadline are reporting that Leonardo DiCaprio is potentially looking at taking the lead in the planned production, which would reunite hime with Scott for the first time since Body Of Lies.
We’ve found a more detailed synopsis of the book via Amazon below.
From the internationally bestselling author of the acclaimed novel The Power of the Dog comes The Cartel, a gripping true-to-life epic, ripped from the headlines, of power, corruption, revenge and justice spanning the past decade of the Mexican–American drug wars.
It’s 2004. DEA agent Art Keller has been fighting »
- Paul Heath
First up, a very happy 33rd to Elisabeth Moss, who's teaming up again with Jane Campion for a second season of Top of the Lake. More projects in the works: Pablo Larraín’s Neruda with Gael García Bernal; Ridley Scott's adaptation of Don Winslow's novel, The Cartel; Chad Hartigan's follow-up to This Is Martin Bonner, Morris From America; Richard Jenkins joins Woody Harrelson in Rob Reiner's Lbj; Angelina Jolie will adapt a memoir from Cambodian author and human-rights activist Loung Ung about surviving the deadly Khmer Rouge regime and one of her co-producers will be Rithy Panh (The Missing Picture). And Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy is headed to Broadway. » - David Hudson »
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- Jack Giroux
Studios tend to be tight with cash for non-tentpole projects these days, which makes Fox's $6 million dollar spend on Don Winslow's drug thriller books "The Cartel" and "The Power Of The Dog," with Ridley Scott attached to helm the former, all the more surprising. With that kind of money laid out already, it's no wonder they are chasing a big star for the lead. Deadline reports that Fox is courting Leonardo DiCaprio for the flick. He's already starring in Fox's "The Revenant" due later this year, starred in Scott's "Body Of Lies" in 2008, and co-produced "Out Of The Furnace" with Scott in 2013. So, the relationships are there, and DiCaprio has made clear the importance of his working with top shelf filmmakers. “[I’m] very much director-driven,” the actor recently told Grantland. “I really believe that filmmaking is a director’s medium. And although the screenplay, the character, is important as well, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The novel, written by Don Winslow, offers “a fictional take on the notorious Sinaloa drug boss whose daring July 18 escape from a Mexican prison dominated international news headlines.” Scott will direct the film and also produce through his production company Scott Free Films. Shane Salerno (Armageddon) is set to write the scrip.
In addition to the news of Scott’s involvement, Deadline is reporting that Leonardo DiCaprio may be in the running to take on the film’s lead role. No official word on any casting has been forthcoming, but if the deal is closed it would become DiCaprio’s second collaboration with Scott after Body of Lies.
- Scott J. Davis
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