Although the last few days might lead one to believe Leonardo DiCaprio‘s central purpose is providing fodder for Twitter and Tumblr jokes, even after losing yet another Oscar does the actor actually take up roles — because if you can’t do it once… well, you know. For what may be one of his next roles, seeing as nothing is set quite yet, Deadline report that a team-up with Daniel Espinosa is in the cards for Blood on Snow, the next in Hollywood’s attempts to translate the work of popular crime author Jo Nesbø. (One example being The Snowman, a project he’d almost led years back.) The two-book narrative — possibly condensed to one film, though no real notice is made as to the adaptation process — follows a hitman who, following some botched work, “finds himself on the run with his intended target, who unfortunately happens to be his boss’s wife.”
A juicy tale, and hopefully one the star is right to shape as a vehicle for himself through Appian Way, producing alongside Langley Park for Warner Bros. A writer is currently being sought on that title, while another of his vehicles has found its man: according to Variety, Billy Ray, hot off Captain Phillips, will script DiCaprio and Jonah Hill‘s Wolf of Wall Street follow-up, The Ballad of Richard Jewell. As based on a Vanity Fair article by Marle Brenner (whose work inspired Michael Mann‘s The Insider), it tells of an eponymous security guard working at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. He was initially lauded as a hero for discovering three pipe bombs on the premises, but then vilified by the media for being a potential suspect, with no evidence to boot. In a casting bit somewhat similar to Scorsese‘s film, DiCaprio will take a senior position as the man’s lawyer.
Deadline have more news, telling us Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible, The Orphanage) has landed a fantasy series for himself: A Monster Class, centered on “a young lad who tries to deal with school bullies and his mother’s illness by losing himself into a vivid world of monsters and fairy tales.” Patrick Ness, author of the material, has adapted his own work; Focus Features will give the film a domestic release in 2016. Production will commence this fall before he begins work on a World War Z sequel.
Finally, word from Variety has it that Peter Dinklage-starrer O’ Lucky Day has secured cinematographer Larry Sher (The Hangover trilogy; how is that a trilogy?). As detailed in October, the project is a Bad Santa-inspired, R-rated comedy about “a man who attempts to pass himself off as a real leprechaun — possibly good material for someone who’s so frequently worked in comedy, but let’s not put too many eggs in this particular basket just yet. Or ever, perhaps.
Which of these projects strikes you as most promising? Do the choices in talent make much difference here?