McConaughey the stand

Writer/director Josh Boone is down with the McConaissance, for obvious reasons, and he wants the actor to play a lead role in The Stand. Depending on which of Matthew McConaughey‘s roles are most prominent in your mind, however, the role choice might surprise you. And the choice is great, so read more below.

Update: Sadly, Boone said via Twitter that this is not true.

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Jason Clarke / Omar Sy

Stephen Gaghan‘s Candy Store has been linked to several established A-listers in the past year, including Brad Pitt and Denzel Washington. But the first stars to close their deals for the movie are a pair of fast-rising stars.

Jason Clarke and Omar Sy have just boarded the ensemble thriller, which follows several different plot threads through the criminal underbelly of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. Gaghan and Shannon Burke co-wrote the script. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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Briefly: Yesterday we told you about Candy Store, the crime thriller script that Syriana writer/director Stepen Gaghan is set to make as his next feature. Brad Pitt and Denzel Washington may end up in the film’s two lead roles, and now we know that the production wants Christoph Waltz, too. Even better, in the same report that tags Watlz as a hopeful (an offer is out to the actor) The Wrap details some of he plot, so we’ve got a better idea of what to exect from the film.

The film follows “an elite, highly trained deep-cover operative who loses everything, ultimately disappearing into Brooklyn, where he must start again. He washes up as a beat cop, only to discover the global organization he was dedicated to fighting is also operating in his new backyard.” That’s gotta sting. The role for which Pitt is sought is Mark Swain, and in the event he doesn’t bite there is a long list of popular actors that producers are ready to approach: Christian Bale, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Bradley Cooper.

Waltz would play a guy named Black Zenga, which sounds like a villain role if I’ve ever heard one.

Stephen Gaghan, who wrote Traffic and directed Syriana, is now set to direct the thriller Candy Store for LionsGate. The film is a crime thriller for which we have few details, but the names might be all you need to know: Brad Pitt and Denzel Washington have started to circle the two lead roles. Read More »

Spy films, especially ones that might turn into series, are like crack for studios. Few efforts actually pay off in regular franchises — if duplicating Bond’s success was easy, every studio would have its own Bond — but that doesn’t stop many from trying.

In 2008, Warner Bros. bought the rights to Jon Stock‘s novel Dead Spy Running, which follows suspended MI6 agent Daniel Marchant and opens with a setpiece in which a bomb is attached to a marathon runner. At the time the novel was unpublished, though it was planned as the first of a trilogy of novels. (The second book, Games Traitors Play, was published in 2011.) McG was attached to direct, and Stephen Gaghan (Traffic, Syriana) was set to write, which is a big step above McG.

There was a point last year when McG stepped away from directing and was hoping to get Gaghan to take the job. But the screenwriter has other directorial prospects, and now the team is in talks with Jonathan Levine (50/50, The Wackness) to direct. Read More »

Briefly: M. Night Shyamalan isn’t messing around with the preparation for his next film, the sci-fi feature One Thousand A.E. (Or the execs at Sony and Overbrook Entertainment aren’t messing around.) The film is set to star Will and Jaden Smith as ” a father and son who crash-land on Earth one thousand years after mankind has abandoned the planet. The crash leaves the elder Smith badly injured, and it’s up to the boy to find help in what is now a strange and dangerous place.”

While Shyamalan is known for writing his own films, even The Last Airbender, this new project started with a script by Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli) which Shyamalan rewrote. Then Stephen Gaghan, who wrote Traffic and wrote and directed Syriana, stepped in to “get the script in shooting shape.” Now he’s likely to continue fine-tuning the script before the film shoots in February.  Shyamalan’s scripts have increasingly become the major shortcoming in his work, so with any luck the revisions by Gaghan will result in a film that is a lot more successful as a story than the last few movies from the director. [Variety]

Because it’s just before the start of the fall television season and right in the middle of TV pitch season, August tends to be a pretty busy month for TV news. As a result, we’ve got tons of TV bits for you today. Hit the jump for more on:

  • The season 2 trailer of Boardwalk Empire
  • CBS picks up a Bewitched remake
  • ABC develops a TV adaptation of The Lincoln Lawyer
  • NBC orders a Frankenstein project
  • FOX grabs the rights to Leif G.W. Persson’s Swedish crime novels

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Lionsgate Buys Stephen Gaghan’s Action Crime Thriller

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Stephen Gaghan made a splash with his Oscar-winning screenplay for Traffic, then made a notable directorial effort with 2005 with the ambitious political oil drama Syriana. Despite a few deals in development, he’s been quiet in the few years since. Now Lionsgate is getting behind his next directorial project, which Gaghan is also co-writing. Read More »

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