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Oliver Stone Lines Up His Next Project

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | March 5, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | March 5, 2010 |

Oliver Stone, who is putting the finishing touches on Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps, which is due out on April 21st, is now looking toward his next picture, an adaptation of the as-yet-unpublished Savages from Don Winslow. The movie, which will be scripted by both Winslow and Stone, will focus on a three-way romance and the Mexican drug cartels, which sounds like a great movie. In 1988. According to Deadline, which first reported the story:

In Savages, 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.

The Mexican drug cartel angle is kind of old hat these days, but with the proliferation of superhero and comic-book movies, as well as remakes and sequels, it might actually be refreshing. Stone, however, has lost some currency in recent years. He hasn’t really made a movie with much cultural impact since Natural Born Killers back in 1994, despite push-button topics like 9/11 (World Trade Center) and George Bush (W.). Maybe Wall Street 2 resurrects his star.

Meanwhile, some of you may remember Russell Mulcahy’s 1994 version of The Shadow, starring Alec Baldwin. Others of you may wish you could forget it. Despite the commercial disaster of that film, Sam Raimi has had a hard-on for the old radio character for years, but his attempts to put together another movie about him have failed. It looks like he’s finally getting it off the ground now, though. Only this time, he’s set to produce. Latino Review reports that Fox has picked up the project, and that Raimi wants David Slade (30 Days of Nights) to direct the revival after directing the third Twilight flick.

This version of The Shadow is expected to be considerably different — he may actually be several people, a “force of nature” rather than a specific person in a costume. I don’t even know what that means, but I expect it can’t be worse than Baldwin’s version.

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