Just a couple of days ago, we ran an exclusive interview with The Departed screenwriter William Monahan regarding the news that he’s set to pen a remake of Park Chan-wook’s 2005 film Sympathy for Lady Vengeance with Charlize Theron in the lead. In addition to talking about that adaptation, Monahan provided a brief update on his next directorial feature, Mojave. While he was remiss to provide plot details, he revealed that filming is set to begin in the first quarter of next year and that he has already set his cast. Indeed, the news broke today that Oscar Isaac (The Bourne Legacy) and Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) are poised to topline the thriller. Hit the jump for more details.
Mojave is described as “an intense two-hander about a man who escapes into the desert only to encounter a doppelganger-like antagonist and subsequently enter a vortex of criminality and violence,” per Variety. Monahan, who won an Oscar for his The Departed screenplay and has also written the scripts for Kingdom of Heaven and the upcoming Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and Oblivion, penned Mojave and will also take the helm on the project. He previously made his directorial debut with the 2010 Colin Farrell-led London Boulevard.
Isaac is stepping into more leading roles lately after shining in supporting turns like Drive and The Bourne Legacy. He stars in the upcoming Coen Brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis and will be seen opposite Elizabeth Olsen in the adaptation Therese. Clarke is also making a successful pivot into leads, as he was excellent in his all-too-brief role in this year’s Lawless and has drawn significant praise for his work in Kathryn Bigelow’s upcoming Zero Dark Thirty. Isaac and Clarke are both fine actors and judging by the brief logline, Mojave will be some compelling stuff.
Read the full press release below:
LOS ANGELES, CA, DECEMBER 4, 2012 – Atlas Independent, the affiliate company of Charles Roven’s Atlas Entertainment, and William Monahan’s Henceforth Pictures have locked acclaimed actors Oscar Isaac (The Bourne Legacy) and Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) to star in the leading roles of Atlas Independent’s fourth production, William Monahan’s original thriller Mojave.
Monahan is directing the feature from his original screenplay and will produce alongside Atlas Independent’s William Green. Atlas’ Andy Horwitz and Henceforth Pictures’ Justine Suzanne Jones will executive produce. The plot is being kept under wraps.
Oscar Isaac most recently completed filming the lead role in the independent film Therese Raquin with Elizabeth Olsen and Jessica Lange, as well as Joel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis. His recent features also include The Bourne Legacy for Universal Pictures, Drive opposite Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan, Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch and Atlas Independent’s first film, Revenge for Jolly! His original song “Never Had,” which he wrote and performs in the upcoming film Ten Years, is generating Academy Award® consideration buzz.
Jason Clarke can currently be seen in the coveted lead role of Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty and will next be seen in a key role of Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby. He recently wrapped production on Terrence Malick’s Green Blade Rises and Roland Emmerich’s White House Down. He was most recently seen in John Hillcoat’s critically acclaimed period drama Lawless, opposite Tom Hardy and Shia LaBeouf.
A dramatist, director and novelist, William Monahan recently completed the screenplay for THE GAMBLER for Martin Scorsese at Paramount, and Robert Rodriguez’s SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR. He won an Academy Award® for Best Adapted Screenplay for THE DEPARTED, directed by Martin Scorsese, which earned four Oscars®, including Best Picture. His production company, Henceforth Pictures, is involved in motion picture and television production in the United States and United Kingdom.
Isaac is represented by UTA, Inspire Entertainment and SMGSB. Clarke is represented by CAA and Robert Stein Management. Monahan is represented by Chris Donnelly of WME in Los Angeles, Josh Varney of Independent Talent Group in London, Andrew Wylie of The Wylie Agency, and David Fox of Myman Greenspan Fineman Fox Light LLP.
Production for Mojave begins first quarter 2013.