Adding John Goodman to any movie is a way to better pique our interest. So a tip of the hat to Paramount, which has added the consummate character actor who recently stole scenes in the Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis to their growing ensemble for the remake of The Gambler.
We can expect this remake to be pretty big, as Lange joins box office champion Mark Whalberg as his mother. It will be directed by Rupert Wyatt, who rocked the box office himself with another sorta-remake, 2011ís Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
The original film, scripted by James Toback and directed by Jarel Reisz, told the story of a literature professor named Alex Freed who has a serious gambling addition. This vice results in him not only accumulating massive amounts of debt and recieving threats from bookies, but also alienating the people he loves most.
With the rumors about him directing Star Trek 3 so strong that even J.J. Abrams has been forced to address them, Rise of the Planet of the Apes helmer Rupert Wyatt may be lining up a very different, much more earthbound project. According to The Wrap he's in negotiations to direct The Gambler, a Paramount remake of the 1974 drama, with Mark Wahlberg also in line to take on the role that was originally played by James Caan
Phillips is reportedly in talks to helm Paramount's remake of The Gambler, a 1974 crime drama that starred James Caan and centered on a literature professor brought low by his addiction to gambling. Last summer, Scorsese was attached to direct the remake...
The article is a great slice of Hollywood history if you're interested in that kind of thing, but also a kind of primal cry from a director who clearly knows how the business works-- Paramount owns the rights to The Gambler and nobody actually had to ask him permission to remake it
Martin Scorsese, who seems to constantly have at least four projects in development at a given moment, has picked a new story to add to the pile. THR reports that he and The Departed screenwriter William Monaghan will team up again for The Gambler, a remake of the 1974 drama that starred James Caan