Spike Lee Takes Over Michael Mann's Former Project Gold

By Nick Venable 2013-05-18 01:50:05discussion comments
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While Spike Lee didnít change anybodyís worlds with last yearís Red Hook Summer, he has had a lot of people talking about his upcoming Oldboy remake, based on the Korean original. No one really seems to want it, but it is definitely set for an October 11 release. Whatís he going to follow that with, a Gone With the Wind remake?

No, thank goodness. According to The Wrap, heís attached to direct Gold for Black Bear Pictures, with Paul Haggis (Crash) on board as a producer. Based on a true story, it centers on the 1993 scandal involving the false claims by the Bre-X Mineral Corporation that they have discovered a large deposit of gold in the jungles of Indonesia. The screenplay was written by Patrick Massett and Jon Zinman the screenwriting duo responsible for Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and several episodes of Friday Night Lights and most recently Last Resort. The last we heard about Gold, Michael Mann was circling it, but he has since moved on to be attached to a bunch of other movies.

The last really solid work Lee has done involved Hurricane Katrina and its effects on New Orleans, though nobody is denying the power of the Michael Jackson doc Bad 25. But anyway, Iíll be a lot more excited about this flick if Oldboy defies all expectations, even though the films couldnít be any more different.

Production is set to start before the year is over with, but the casting choices may ripple the scheduling waters. Letís hope Leeís presence is more real gold than not.
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