Grab Bag: Thomas Jane joins HEADSHOT; Cassavetes out of GOTTI; Meirelles to helm ONASSIS
While Sylvester Stallone is one of today’s most recognizable stars, his upcoming project, HEADSHOT, has had to recover from quite a speed bump.
However, it’s recovered quite nicely. After losing its director, Stallone tapped director Walter Hill to fill in the vacant director’s chair, and now, according to Arrow In The Head, he’s nabbed himself a partner.
The outlet is reporting that Thomas Jane is set to star in the film, which will follow an NYPD cop who has to join forces with an assassin to decipher through a conspiracy running all the way to Washington D.C. Jane will play the film’s cop, with Stallone taking up the role of the hitman. Hill will also be re-writing the film, based on the screenplay from writer Alessandro Camon. Personally, I absolutely love this news. Jane is a really gifted actor, and while this may not be a project that will flaunt that, it is however a project perfectly suited for the actor.
In other, quite shocking news, director Nick Cassavetes has left the upcoming GOTTI: THREE GENERATIONS, according to Variety. The film has been garnering a ton of steam as of late, nabbing actors like John Travolta, Joe Pesci, and Lindsay Lohan, all of whom now appear to not have quite a solid future with this project.
Apparently “scheduling conflicts” have gotten in the way, with the director’s latest film, YELLOW, being the reason why. The film, however, shot and is now wrapped, so it seems quite random that it would have caused an issue. That all said, while Cassavetes has left, the film itself shouldn’t be too hard pressed to find some sort of replacement, so things shouldn’t be too difficult for the project.
Finally, Vulture has revealed that director Fernando Meirelles is set to team up with CITY OF GOD scribe Braulio Mantovani on a new film, entitled ONASSIS. Based on the book Nemesis: The True Story of Aristotle Onassis, Jackie O, and the Love Triangle That Brought Down the Kennedys by author Peter Evans, the film looks at the relationship between Aristotle and Robert Kennedy. The project sounds absolutely wonderful, and one that is perfectly suited for a filmmaker like Meirelles. Here’s to hoping we can hear much more about this one soon.
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