Director Jose Padilha is heading back into the crime thriller world. The filmmaker first broke onto the scene with his Brazilian crime pics Elite Squad and Elite Squad: The Enemy Within before landing the directing gig on MGM’s RoboCop remake, and now Heat Vision reports that he is next set to direct the true crime thriller The Brotherhood for Warner Bros. The pic is an adaptation of Guy Lawson and William Oldham’s book The Brotherhoods: The True Story of Two Cops Who Murdered for the Mafia and centers on two corrupt detectives who secretly worked for two crime families for years while throwing cases, scrapping evidence, and even killing for the mob. Oldham—another detective—eventually brought the two to justice after tracking them for nearly a decade.
The story most definitely has a Departed feel to it, and should make for a rather intriguing crime drama. Dan Lin (Gangster Squad) is producing and Bill Dubuque (The Judge) wrote the script. Padilha’s RoboCop remake hits theaters next February. Hit the jump to read a synopsis for The Brotherhoods.
When last we reported on director David Dobkins’ dramedy The Judge, it was to announce that Bill Dubuque had come on to do a rewrite and that Robert Downey Jr. was producing the picture as a starring vehicle. Now it looks as if Warner Bros. has extended an unofficial offer to Jack Nicholson to play Downey Jr.’s father in the film. Originally penned by Nick Schenk with an intermediate rewrite from David Seidler, The Judge centers on an attorney who returns home for his mother’s funeral only to discover that his estranged father, a judge who suffers from Alzheimer’s, is suspected of murder. Hit the jump for more, including how Nicholson’s fussy track record of selecting roles may impact The Judge.
We last heard about The Judge a year ago when David Seidler, basking in the glow of his Oscar win for The King’s Speech, signed on to rewrite the dramedy. David Dobkin (The Change-Up) is set to direct and produce alongside Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey. In a report on Bill Dubuque coming in to do another rewrite, Deadline mentions that The Judge is now planned as a starring vehicle for Downey. The story, originally scripted by Nick Schenk (Gran Torino), centers on an attorney who returns home for his mother’s funeral. He learns that his estranged father, a judge who suffers from Alzheimer’s, is suspected of murder.
Downey will film Iron Man 3 in a few weeks on the heels of the May 4 release of The Avengers. After that, there’s a long list of projects the actor is attached to, including Tim Burton’s Pinocchio, Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, and the Perry Mason reboot. It seems unlikely The Judge will shoot to the top of the list, and Dobkin’s immediate focus is on Arthur & Lancelot. But it could be a nice change of pace if and when Downey seeks a smaller production among these giant superhero tentpoles. I’d nudge him toward Inherent Vice if I had a vote.
For his next project, Matthew McConnaughey may turn to the world of independent film with The Headhunter’s Calling. The laid-back actor is eying the lead role outlined in the script from first-time screenwriter Dill Dubuque. Details are scarce, but Pajiba provides a brief synopsis: “A workaholic corporate headhunter [has alienated] his family for years and [lets] his cutthroat business compromise his ethics in pursuit of financial gain, until he finds out his oldest has leukemia and decides that family is more valuable than anything else.”
Doesn’t sound too outside the box, but I prefer my McConnaughey attached to this kind of project rather than another trite rom-com. McConnaughey will next be seen opposite Marissa Tomei, William H. Macy, and Ryan Phillippe in an adaptation of the legal thriller The Lincoln Lawyer when it hits theaters March 18, 2011.