Quirky, indie-darlings writing for a crash-bang-wallop action director? Not a combination you would initially think of, but it could happen if Doug Liman decides to make the Coens’ reworking of ‘60s heist movie Gambit.
Deadline reports that Liman is mulling over a number of potential projects, with the Coens’ script vying for his attention alongside The Three Musketeers, and the intriguing-sounding, “untitled moon project with Jake Gyllenhall.”
If he does end up plumping for Gambit, it would be the first Coen brothers script they haven’t directed themselves since Crimewave in 1985.
The original was a slick crime caper, starring Michael Caine as a cat-burglar planning an elaborate scam on a billionaire by recruiting Shirley MacLaine, who just happens to be a dead ringer for the target’s wife. Naturally things soon go awry when Caine and MacLaine take a bit of a shine to each other…
We’re hoping that Liman passes on the two more conventional-sounding options in favour of doing this. With the Coens looking after the dialogue, and Liman handling the heist element, it could be a promising, if unconventional fit.
Let’s just hope that Ethan and Joel have learned their lessons from the last time they attempted a con-man story. We don’t want another Ladykillers on our hands…
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