Ten years ago, we probably would’ve derided this onscreen pairing as some kind of worst case scenario. In 2012? It’s one most of us can support.
As Variety reports, Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake have been selected to lead Runner, Runner, a thriller that Brad Furman will make his follow-up to last year’s surprise hit, The Lincoln Lawyer. 20th Century Fox are distributing, while New Regency, Leonardo DiCaprio‘s Appian Way, Double Feature, and Stone Village Pictures have boarded as producers.
This is slightly familiar territory for screenwriters Brian Koppelman and David Levien, as the setting — “a $30 billion world of illegal online gambling” — isn’t too far out from their most beloved work, Rounders. (And, if you really want to make a stretch, Ocean’s 13. I think that’s too much of a stretch, actually.) I’d obviously like to know more in the meantime, but what’s been made public, right now, is nonetheless promising. Online illegal gambling is territory I (thankfully) know little-to-nothing about; I’d love for Furman, Koppelman, and Levien to take me into it with some wit and style.
How does Runner, Runner come across at first blush?
Spend a quarter-century talking about a 90-minute movie and you’ll start running out of new things to say. This was evident at last night’s 25th-anniversary screening of Reservoir Dogs, which the Tribeca Film Festival managed to make far more than the standard classic-that-people-will-pay-to-see-gets-brief-theatrical-engagement deal. More, even, than the extended post-screening discussion with Quentin Tarantino, Tim […]
Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not […]
Welcome, one and all, to the newest episode of The Film Stage Show! This week, I am joined by Michael Snydel and Bill Graham. First, we discuss the death of director Jonathan Demme. Then, we talk about the anime film Your Name. by Makoto Shinkai. Subscribe on iTunes or see below to stream download (right-click and save as…). […]
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