The McConnaissance (hopefully I’m spelling that right) continues with Syriana director Stephen Gaghan‘s upcoming project Gold, whose distribution rights will be made available to buyers next month at the European Film Market in Berlin. Matthew McConaughey is attached to star in the film, which is centered around the true story of a modern day gold prospector. Gaghan (who also wrote Traffic for Steven Soderbergh) will be working from a script by Patrick Massett and John Zinman (The Blacklist, Friday Night Lights). Crash writer/director Paul Haggis is among the producers on the film.
Principal photography will commence in June with Thailand, New York and New Mexico among the locations.
Gold is inspired by the thrilling true story of Walsh (McConaughey), a modern day prospector, hustler and dreamer, desperate for a lucky break. Left with few options, Walsh teams up with an equally luckless geologist to execute a grandiose, last ditch effort: find gold deep in the unchartered jungle of Indonesia. Together, they embark on an incredible rollercoaster ride, journeying from Walsh’s sleepy mining town to the mysterious rivers banks of Borneo to the high stakes boardrooms of Wall Street, and culminating in one of the most unexpected and scandalous frauds of our time.
Gaghan’s talented and McConaughey is on a role. Let’s see where this goes.
Update: It’s a busy day for Mr. McConaughey. Deadline reports he’s also attached to star in an adaptation of Christopher McDougall’s best-selling book Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Super Athletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen. The book follows an award-winning journalist as he heads for Mexico to discover how the Tarahumara Indians learned to run hundreds of miles without rest or injury. This is the book you can blame (or thank) for those barefoot running shoes. The adaptation is scripted by Matthew Michael Carnahan and is set to be produced by Di Bonaventura Pictures, Outlaw Productions, and LD Entertainment.