Director Oliver Stone has signed on to direct Don Winslow’s upcoming novel Savages, which is about:
Two pals from Laguna Beach pals share the same girlfriend and a thriving business growing and distributing the best-quality pot on the planet. When they resist being muscled by a Mexican drug cartel, the girl is kidnapped and the ransom is every cent they’ve made for the last five years. They agree to pay but hatch an alternate plan to get her back, get revenge, and then get lost.
While Stone has been ripping his previous movies from headlines, Savages sounds like it could be a slick, fun action film. I just don’t want to see yet another movie where Stone comments on recent events without giving them enough distance to explore their lasting ramifications. His previous film, W., isn’t bad, but it feels rushed and I fear that Stone’s upcoming Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps will be a commentary on current events first and a good story second. Hopefully, Savages caught his attention because he likes the story and not just the opportunity to explore the drug trade in North America. [Deadline]