Producers have been unsuccessfully trying to get The Rockford Files back on television for several years and, at each turn, the show has been shot down. Of course the next logical step is to ignore that and make it into a movie! Universal has signed Rounders screenwriters David Levien and Brian Koppelman to write a big screen version of the Seventies TV series that starred James Garner as a former con turned down and dirty detective. The new film is being developed as a vehicle for Vince Vaughn, who’ll also produce. Read more below. Read More »
David Levien and Brian Koppleman made a name for themselves with the script for Rounders, then wrote (among other things) the scripts for Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Thirteen and The Girlfriend Experience, and wrote and directed the Michael Douglas film Solitary Man. Now they are set to write and direct an adaptation of the Neil Strauss pick-up bible The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists. Read More »
When last we left Mike McDermott he was in a New York City cab, heading down Broadway, on his way to Las Vegas and the World Series of Poker. The year was 1998 and Miramax’s poker movie Rounders, starring Matt Damon and Edward Norton, made a paltry $23 million at the box office. Fortunately for us, the movie was ahead of its time. Soon after the film’s release, the world of poker changed drastically. The invention of card cameras and the 2003 $2.5 million Main Event victory of everyman Chris Moneymaker, who cites Rounders as one of his biggest influences, made the game of poker boom in a huge way. In 1999, the year that Damon’s Rounders character would have played in the World Series Main Event, 393 people competed and the winner made $1 million. Seven years later, 8,773 competed in the same event with the winner taking home $12 million.
So though Rounders was a theatrical bust, the poker boom made it a home video smash, grossing $70 million in profit for Miramax. The film was recently on a list of catalog titles Miramax was hoping to sequelize along with The Weinstein Company and this week Harvey Weinstein himself, a producer of the original movie and former head of the studio that released it, said he’s still trying to get a sequel to Rounders made. Read More »
We’ve known for some time that a third National Treasure film is in the offing. Jon Turtletaub, who made the first two films and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, just signed to direct Unreasonable Doubt, but it looks like NT3 is moving forward anyway.
Brian Koppelman and David Levien, who wrote Rounders, Oceans 13 and The Girlfriend Experience and wrote and directed Knockaround Guys and Solitary Man, have started the script for the film. Additionally, they’ve adapted David Levien’s novel City of the Sun as a project to direct. Read More »
Update: The new trailer was taken offline within an hour of when we posted this story a few days back. The trailer is now back online, and embedded after the jump.
Anchor Bay Films has released a movie trailer for Brian Koppelman/David Levien‘s Solitary Man (not to be confused with Tom Ford’s A Single Man or The Coen Brothers’ A Serious Man). The film stars Academy Award winner Michael Douglas as a former car dealership mogul dealing with a string of business problems and issues in his personal life through a number of relationships with women – many women. Co-starring Jesse Eisenberg, Susan Sarandon, Danny DeVito, Jenna Fischer, and Mary-Louise Parker.
Koppelman/Levien wrote the screenplays for Rounders, Runaway Jury and directed Knockaround Guys. The film premiered at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival to mostly positive buzz. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump along with some new photos. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Will Smith could re-team with his I Am Legend director Francis Lawrence, but not for the film you’re probably expecting to hear about. Lawrence is developing a script called The City That Sailed as a vehicle for Smith. Originally written by Andrew Niccol, the script has kind of a neat, Miyazaki-ish logline: “a father and daughter living on opposite sides of the ocean whose love is so strong that it causes Manhattan to split off and float across the Atlantic.” According to Variety, Brian Koppelman and David Levien (Rounders, Oceans Thirteen) will rewrite as the project goes forward. Read More »
Paramount Pictures has bought a yet-to-be titled pitch from Rounders screenwriters Brian Koppelman and David Levien. Leonardo DiCaprio is attached to star, and produce with Appian Way. So what is the project about? We don’t know much other than that it takes place in the world of Costa Rica-based online casinos.
Usually I don’t write news stories about developing projects with little to no information. But I loved, Loved, LOVED Rounders and I’m very interested to see what Koppelman and Levien will be able to do in the world of online casinos. Koppelman and Levien were ahead of the curve on the whole poker craze, and are well versing in the world of card sharks and casinos, but I’m curious to see their angle on the world of online casinos.