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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
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
I can't help but wonder if "The Martian" is fighting uphill from the start. After all, we just watched Matt Damon in a hyped space prestige drama last year. Could the familiarity ding it a bit? Maybe. The bigger question for me is what Ridley Scott has left up his sleeve. "Prometheus" may have had its fans, but I was certainly not one of them. "Exodus: Gods and Men" had no friends in sight. "The Counselor" even less. "Robin Hood" felt misguided and stale. "Body of Lies" seemed to be trying for something fresh but ended up as rote as they come. It's been a long time since "American Gangster." What has kept me more or less on board through all of this is Scott's attention to detail and craft. He is a brilliant filmmaker, regardless of how below the bar this stuff has been lately. "Prometheus," for as much »
- Kristopher Tapley
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From acclaimed director Ridley Scott comes the epic adventure Exodus: Gods And Kings, the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 400,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.
- Luke Owen
The science-fiction genre can be a hard one to embrace. As screenwriter and director Alex Garland can teach us, it is more important for the characters and ideas to resonate with the audience than the groundbreaking visual effects. Garland wrote a variety of acclaimed sci-fi films, including the zombie thriller 28 Days Later, the Kazuo Ishiguro adaptation Never Let Me Go and recent cult favorite Dredd. In all of those titles, plus his newest film – the brainy sci-fi thriller, Ex Machina – the characters trump the concept.
Ex Machina has been one of the year’s biggest art-house successes, after two weeks in limited release. It tells the story of Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), a tech programmer who gets the chance to test out the new work of reclusive genius and company figurehead Nathan (Oscar Isaac). That new creation is a female A.I. named Ava (Alicia Vikander), which soon proves to be more than it seems. »
- Jordan Adler
Alex Garland’s résumé reads like a laundry list of recent sci-fi and horror cult hits, with screenplay credits including 28 Days Later (2002), Sunshine (2007), and Dredd (2012). His latest, Ex Machina, may stand to follow that same path of cult adoration – although hopefully for Garland, its box office will follow more in the footsteps of 28 Days Later than those of Dredd. The sparse, character-driven sci-fi film follows Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), an office drone at a major tech company who wins the opportunity to spend a week at the secluded home of his employer, Nathan (Oscar Isaac). Caleb discovers Nathan has recruited him to test the behavior of an android, Ava (Alicia Vikander), that Nathan has developed. As Nathan begins to display a more megalomaniacal side and Ava proves even more emotionally developed than expected, Caleb’s big week with the boss starts to slide unsettlingly south.
Director Garland made his first big »
- Patrick Dunn
Ridley Scott is well known as a prolific and versatile director with a deft visual modus operandi. His filmography, full of unforgettable classics, solid efforts and utterly forgettable mediocrities, amounts to a mixed bag over the last four decades. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a video tribute to Scott’s vast body of work is equally awe-inspiring and awkward. Vimeo user Martin Kessler switches from Hildegard of Bingen’s groovy 12th Century church tunes to Public Enemy’s “Can’t Truss It" while quickly editing tons of quality footage from Scott’s oeuvre. Of course there are a butt load of images from “Blade Runner” and “Alien," and the tribute begins with the famous Rutger Hauer speech from the former. What’s refreshing to see is that Kessler also gives some love to underrated Scott flicks like “Matchstick Men” and “Body of Lies." We also get »
- Oktay Ege Kozak
Mark Strong (August 5, 1963-) is an English film and television actor. He’s known for his work on the television series Our Friends in the North, which featured many breakout performances, and films including Tristan & Isolde, Body of Lies, Sherlock Holmes, Kick-Ass, Robin Hood, Green Lantern, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Zero Dark Thirty, The […]
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- Ryan McDonnell
After scripting thrillers like The Departed, Body of Lies and Edge of Darkness, in addition to making his directorial debut with London Boulevard, screenwriter William Monahan is back behind the camera for his sophomore effort, a new thriller called Mojave. The film was just announced as being part of the line-up at the Tribeca Film Festival next month, and with that news comes the first photos of the film with future Star Wars actor Oscar Isaac and Tron Legacy lead Garrett Hedlund. There's nothing too revealing, but Hedlund is sporting a new look, and the photos give off a pretty gritty, almost western vibe. Look now! Here's the first photos from William Monohan's Mojave (via The Playlist): Mojave is written and directed by William Monahan, director of London Boulevard and Oscar-winning screenwriter of Martin Scorsese's The Departed, Edge of Darkness and Body of Lies. Armed with little more »
- Ethan Anderton
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In Hollywood, the Iraq war is a story few want to tell and even fewer want to hear. American Sniper, Clint Eastwood’s biopic of military marksman Chris Kyle – who arrives on the big screen in the form of a bearded, bulked-up Bradley Cooper – is the latest venture into what remains a cinematic no man’s land, a territory littered with the carcasses of previous blink-and-you’ll-miss-it failures.
In the 12 years since Bush Jr’s troops first set foot in Iraq, only a handful of mainstream films have addressed the topic, with stars and critics seemingly powerless to turn the tide of public indifference. Films as diverse as Redacted, Body of Lies, The Messenger and In the Valley of Elah all sank at the box office despite A-list involvement and critical approval. »
- Alex Hess
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