Arnold Schwarzenegger's post-gubernatorial acting career is starting to gain momentum. Days after signing on for Expendables 2, the Jingle All the Way star is now in talks to join the indie action thriller Captive, Deadline reports. He'll be playing "an American real estate magnate living in Brazil who is kidnapped and held for ransom." Woe be unto those kidnappers, who are surely due for an ass-kicking at the hands of an aging but surprisingly agile Teuton. The script was written by Benjamin van der Veen and Kario Salem, based on a story by Nicolai Fuglsig, whose last name appears to be missing a vowel or two. A director has yet to be chosen.
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On the heels of news that Leonardo DiCaprio may star as J. Edgar Hoover for Clint Eastwood comes word on another DiCaprio project.
Oliver Stone is reportedly jumping in to develop and possibly direct Travis McGee, based on the fictional detective created by John D. MacDonald. DiCaprio would play the title character.
Peter Chernin's Chernin Entertainment is attached to produce with Amy Robinson and Appian Way's DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran.
The film would use the storyline from the first of MacDonald's 21 books, The Deep Blue Goodbye, in which the beach-bum salvage consultant searches for a World War II treasure.
Dana Stevens and Kario Salem wrote the screenplay.
Given that The Score's motto seems to have been "been there stole that " it's hard to imagine why it would interest the likes of De Niro Norton and Brando. Perhaps the determining factor was the prospect of working with one another. Couldn't be the rather pedestrian and obvious story and script credited to Kario Salem Lem Dobbs Scott Marshall Smith and Daniel E. Taylor which is a basic rehashing of everything from Sexy Beast to The Thomas Crown Affair. See De Niro's safecracker wants to retire and live happily ever after with main squeeze Angela Bassett. Lo and behold longtime partner-in-crime Brando offers De Niro the chance of a lifetime: steal a 16th-century French scepter from a Montreal customs house and live like a king. The catch? The inside man is the brash disrespectful and untrustworthy Norton. De Niro hates risks. Working with Norton represents a risk. Risks land you in prison he tells Norton. So naturally De Niro takes the risk we expect him to take. Too bad the risks offer little in the way of intrigue or surprise.
De Niro's cool and calm but there's little effort to make his thief anything other than an old pro out to enjoy his ill-gotten gains. Norton has the flashier role. He poses as a mildly retarded janitor to infiltrate the customs house. Cue endless scenes of Norton's Rain Man cocking his head asking the same dumb question and smiling at jokes made at his expense. Outside of the customs house he exudes cockiness impudence and a willingness to underestimate his partners. A coherent Brando still proves a distraction by constantly scratching his jutting jaw whenever he parks himself on the nearest stool. The prospect of seeing the men who won Academy Awards for portraying Don Corleone is tantalizing but the lengthy conversations between De Niro and Brando seem listless and devoid of weight. The same applies to the scenes--a disappointing two--between De Niro Norton and Brando.
The Score marks a distinct change of pace for director Frank Oz. One of the creative forces behind The Muppets Oz's post-Miss Piggy career includes such frenetic farces as Little Shop of Horrors and Bowfinger. Almost as a complete rejection of his past achievements Oz keeps The Score as po-faced and static as possible. There's no time for any humor when there's a safe to be cracked. Oz keeps the cameras trained on his cast seemingly afaird to move it in case he misses a gesture borne out of genius. Bearing this in mind everything else seems secondary. Which is how the heist feels. De Niro breaks in. We knew he would. He manages to open the safe. We knew he would. There's never a moment that doesn't feel manufactured. Even the last-minute twist feels like the comeuppance we've been expecting since De Niro first gave Norton a look of monumental disdain.