Colin Firth is edging closer to genuine leading man status, thanks in part to big awards season recognition for films like A Single Man and The King’s Speech. It’s a transformation that will take another big step if he takes the lead role in Gambit, a heist thriller remake scripted by Joel and Ethan Coen. We’ve reported on the film in the past, most recently when The Last Station director Michael Hoffman came on to direct.
Now Deadline says Colin Firth is in talks for the lead role of a cat burglar who wants to rob a billionaire. He enlists the help of a waitress who is a dead ringer for the rich guy’s late wife. (Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine played the roles in the ’66 original.) Sounds like a perfectly good choice for me. As anything that puts an actor who is very versatile with dialogue into a Coen-scripted project is to be applauded.
After the break, more casting for Cameron Crowe‘s We Bought A Zoo, and Safe House, which is already set to star Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. Read More »
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Let’s get this out of the way first: Joel and Ethan Coen have not written a film based on the Marvel Comics character Gambit. They have, however, scripted a remake of a 1966 romantic heist movie that originally starred Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine.
News that the script was still kicking around in development came out back in January of this year, and in April it was a possible project on the docket for director Doug Liman. But he passed (he’ll make All You Need Is Kill instead) and now the directorial duties fall to Michael Hoffman, who last made The Last Station. Read More »
As remakes go, we could do a lot worse than a new take on a mid-’60s heist picture that originally starred Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine. Especially when the script is by Joel and Ethan Coen.
Back in January word came out that producer Mike Lobell was still trying to mount a film based on the Coen Brothers rewrite of Gambit, which cast Caine as a cat burglar who gets romantically involved with his recruited accomplice, played by MacLaine. At the time there was no director attached, but now Doug Liman is moving towards the director’s chair. Read More »
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The biggest industry story this morning is about the fact that Variety lost its best news reporter, Mike Fleming, to Nikki Finke’s Deadline/Hollywood. At Variety, Fleming dug up a lot of interesting news, some of which became proper headline material, and some of which didn’t.
One of the bits that wasn’t is buried down at the bottom of a trade article I just referenced here. In this case I have to wonder if this is a little final flash of the finger on Fleming’s part, because a Coen Brothers story, even an incidental one, is news. Fleming notes that Gambit, the Joel and Ethan Coen scripted remake of a 1966 heist film, is still kicking with producer Mike Lobell. What the hell is Gambit, and how much more do you really need to know beyond ‘Coens + heist film’? Read More »