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Stalked: Fuqua directing Consent to Kill, Tom Hanks writes and directs, Coen's remaking Gambit

Antoine Fuqua is set to direct a spy thriller called Consent to Kill, which sounds like a bad ass 24…

Tom Hanks is writing and directing again, and leading alongside an old friend…

The Coen Brothers are remaking a Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine crime comedy…

Tom Hanks has written a script that he intends to direct. Called Larry Crowne the film tells the story of a middle-aged man who is forced to find a new career, something that seems to be on a lot of people's minds just now.

The news from Variety also tells us that he'll be teaming up with Julia Roberts once again in the film, perhaps she will be playing his wife. While Hanks and Roberts last starred in Charlie Wilson's War, Hanks didn't write or direct, and his last outing on that score was That Thing You Do! back in 1996.

Antoine Fuqua is directing the thriller Consent to Kill, adding another film to his growing slate. Variety tells us that it's a spy thriller adapted from the novel by Vince Flynn which follows a counterterrorism agent called Mitch Rapp - great name. The script comes from Jonathan Lemkin who also adapted the novel behind Shooter and wrote The Devil's Advocate.

The studio is keeping the story under wraps for now, but a quick look at the novel ( / ) tells us the following:

For years, Mitch Rapp's bold actions have saved the lives of thousands. He has killed with impunity, tortured to avert disaster, and shown he will do whatever it takes to win the War on Terror. He has become a hero to many - and an enemy to countless more. Now, the powerful father of a dead terrorist demands vengeance in its simplest form: an eye for an eye. He wants Rapp dead - and his hate-filled plea has found sympathetic ears. In the tangled world of espionage, there are those, even among America's allies, who feel Rapp has grown too effective. They've been looking for a chance to eliminate America's No 1 counterterrorism operative - and now their time has come. Rapp must use all his skill and ruthless determination to save himself before he can turn his fury on those who have dared betray him.

Jack Bauer with everyone turned against him? To me that sounds good with Fuqua directing.

The Coen Brothers are remaking Gambit, the British crime comedy from 1966 that starred Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine as Gambit according to Variety through /Film and First Showing. The story sees a thief getting together a plan to steal a priceless statue from the world's richest man, but he needs some female assistance and recruits Eurasian showgirl Suzy Chang. He carefully plans the heist to the nth degree, ensuring nothing could go wrong, except everything does, time and time again.

Apparently the script has been close to moving into production a number of times, with casting rumoured to be Colin Firth and at another time Ben Kingsley, personally I'd be delighted for Colin Firth in the role.




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