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Russo Brothers Take ‘Gray Man’; Larry Charles to Sue God; ‘Jiro’ Director Maps Next Documentary

Written by on May 30, 2014 


Taken from the clutches of a great, increasingly busy filmmaker who just couldn’t make it happen, Sony have recently acquired rights to Mark Greaney‘s The Gray Man, a spy novel that’s been in various states of development for more than three-and-a-half years. James Gray and Brad Pitt‘s planned collaboration having fallen through, Joe and Anthony Russo, off the breakthrough of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, are coming aboard for producers Joe Roth and Palak Patel (Snow White and the Huntsman, Alice in Wonderland, your nightmares), on tap to write and direct. [Variety]

A lead is to be cast after they’ve turned in their script, one presumably following an ex-CIA man, Gentry, whose comrades turn on him and force the brutal killer to survive for himself. (The hunter becomes the hunted, as you’ve seen / read many times over.) It’s highly unlikely they’ll retain Gray‘s plans to shoot it all in a first-person POV, but, alas — it still has the makings of a fine spy tale, and the siblings’ commitment to ’70s thrillers (despite a stated desire to make something that feels entirely new) is not the worst template to build off.

Larry Charles-LMK-066443Hopefully delivering something closer to Religulous than, good Lord, The Dictator, ubiquitous comedy man Larry Charles will next write (and possibly direct) The Man Who Sued God. Remaking a 2001 Australian picture that follows just what its title promises, he’ll put focus on the story of a lawyer who files a suit against the Holy Father — with officials of the Church standing in — when “Act of God” claims prevent him from cashing the insurance on destroyed property. [Deadline]

Charles, no stranger to the comedy of the stickler (Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm) is expected to “put his own spin on the original film’s premise”; no word on what that is just yet. New Films International are providing support.

On one last note, the line between documentary and informational advertisement will be toed by helmer David Gelb (Jiro Dreams of Sushi), who’s next focusing on the history of the Ford Mustang — as told “with the cooperation of the Ford Motor Company.” In illustrating what place the Mustang has had through the last 50 years of American culture, he’ll sit down with various experts of the automotive field and, yes, Ford executives, along with the expected archival footage. Nothing but an objective depiction is to be expected. [TheWrap]

White Horse Pictures are behind the title.

Are you looking forward to any of the projects? What impact do the respective directors have?

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