Oliver Stone‘s adaptation of the novel Savages, in which two pot-dealing friends are roped into working for the drug cartel that kidnaps their young female companion, is becoming a hot property. The combination of a young cast, a long-established major director and lively material tends to do that. Multiple studios were in contention for distribution rights, and Universal has taken the brass ring.
Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch are the leads; Benicio Del Toro and Salma Hayek are looking like the two key cartel characters, and multiple actresses are reading for the role of the female friend. Blake Lively, Abbie Cornish & Teresa Palmer are all said to be possible names, though Deadline also says Oliver Stone might go with a ‘discovery.’ Oliver Stone, Shane Salerno and novel author Don Winslow are working on the script now.
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Oliver Stone is assembling Savages, which adapts the book of the same name by Don Winslow and has Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch set to star as best friends and pot growers who get roped into working for a drug cartel when the bad guys kidnap their friend/girlfriend.
Salma Hayek is a possible pick to be the matriarch of the drug cartel, and Benicio Del Toro is now signing on to play the cartel’s enforcer, who sets the kidnapping, and therefore the plot, in motion. Some script work is being done now by Oliver Stone, Don Winslow and Shane Salerno, and there are ongoing discussions with a couple of studios to pick up the project — Universal seems like the likely home right now. [Deadline]
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A year ago Oliver Stone signed up to direct an adaptation of the Don Winslow novel Savages, and a month ago Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone, X-Men: First Class, The Hunger Games) was set for a key role.
But some things have changed. While Oliver Stone is still making the movie, Jennifer Lawrence has dropped out thanks to her schedule for The Hunger Games. While her role has to be recast, Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights) is now in talks to play one of the two main roles, and Salma Hayek is being eyed for another. Read More »
At this time last year, the name Jennifer Lawrence meant very little to casting directors in Hollywood. Now she has an Oscar-nomination under her belt, is about to be a super hero and is set to top line an Oliver Stone movie. Lawrence is in final talks to star in Savages, based on a critically-acclaimed book by Don Winslow that was previously announced to be directed by Stone. She’ll play Ophelia, the simultanious-girlfriend of two marijuana dealers who get caught up in some serious personal and financial trouble. Stone hopes to shoot the film in June and is looking at several A-list actors to play the drug dealers including Leonardo DiCaprio, Aaron Johnson, Tom Hardy, James Franco and Garrett Hedlund. Read more about the project after the break. Read More »
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In the coming years, someone is going to write a really interesting book about this new evolution of 3D complete with the highs, the lows and the creamy middles. And while the 2010 chapter certainly had some lows – Clash of the Titans, The Last Airbender – 2011 looks like it could easily turn the page. We already know we’ll see our first Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese 3D films this year and now two more well-respected filmmakers could be throwing their hat in the three-dimensional ring.
At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week, director Baz Luhrmann revealed that while a final decision has yet to be made, he has workshopped shooting his upcoming Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel The Great Gatsby in 3D. And Michael Mann revealed that he’d like to shoot a “pure dialogue drama” in 3D as well. Read more about each, as well as Oliver Stone’s thoughts on the format, below. Read More »
For several years, Oliver Stone has been toying with a new Vietnam War film called Pinkville, which would be oriented around the Mai Lai Massacre of 1968. In 2007 the movie seemed on the verge of shooting. It had a cast: Bruce Willis, Woody Harrelson, Michael Pitt, Channing Tatum, Michael Pena and more. But the writer’s strike put a block in front of the film, and it never got back on track.
Now, Oliver Stone says on the commentary track for Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps that he has talked to Shia LaBeouf about acting in Pinkville. Read More »
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