Coen Brothers to Pen Silk Road Thriller ‘Dark Web’

Coen brothers Dark Web

The Coen brothers haven’t gotten around to announcing their next directorial effort just yet. But they have just added another screenwriting project to their to-do list. Joel and Ethan Coen have been tapped to direct Dark Web, based on the true story of the online black market Silk Road and its founder, Ross William Ulbricht (a.k.a. Dread Pirate Roberts).  Read More »

Suddenly, there’s a chance that Ben Affleck might follow George Clooney into the world of the ‘too weird to be true’ political thriller. Mr. Affleck has been looking at options for his third directorial project, following The Town and Gone Baby Gone, but none have been locked down yet. Now it looks like he might work with producers George Clooney and Grant Heslov (The Men Who Stare at Goats) to adapt a Wired article called “How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran.” Read More »

Seth Gordon to Direct Mr. Romance

The King of Kong and Four Christmases director Seth Gordon has signed on to direct a Mr. Romance for New Regancy. My All American scribe Jeff Roda is writing the comedy script based on a GQ Magazine article by Joshuah Bearman.

According to Variety, the film will follow “a cynical guy who is forced to enter the Mr. Romance competition to win back the love of his life.” Apparently the pitch is based on real “Mr. Romance competitions” where guys submit themselves to physical and psychological tests to determine their “romantic IQ” in order to find new models for romance novel covers.

Sounds like a segment of This American Life, but not a great film. I hope that Gordon does Suicide Squad next, especially after hearing his description on The /Filmcast a few weeks back:

“Suicide Squad is basically like Bottle Rocket but set at the Kentucky Derby, where a bunch of misfits, barely, get away with a heist. And its about the Shenanigans that lead up to that.”

And speaking of Bottle Rocket, I just got the Criterion Collection Blu-ray release of the film. I love that film dearly.