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The rich and powerful people of the world will probably always serve as a target for those less fortunate, who attack through verbal protests, wordy blog posts, and sometimes even murder. Or at least that’s how it goes in Denis Lehane’s short story Consumers, which was just optioned to be turned into a full feature from Toronto-based production company Lumanity. I guess it makes sense that a less financially domineering company would be responsible for putting this project together.
Consumers first appeared in the 2012 short story compilation The Mystery Writers of America Present: Vengeance, as edited by British thriller author Lee Child (creator of Jack Reacher). The story follows a hitman who is hired to take down a selection of people most notable for their extensive bank accounts. American Psycho with a conscience? Not exactly. Lehane is much less likely to have his characters shove cats into ATMs.
Lehane is best known as the brain behind the mystery novels that were turned into emotionally powerful films like Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone. He also wrote Shutter Island, the story for which the author traded in high drama for brainy tricks and killer production design - as seen below:
Lehane's work has attracted some incredibly talented filmmakers, the three films mentioned having been helmed by Clint Eastwood, Ben Affleck and Martin Scorsese, respectively. Affleck is currently developing an adaptation of the author's book They Live by Night, and Belgian director Michaël R. Roskam is currently taking on a big screen version of The Drop, which Lehane adapted from his own short story Animal Rescue. It wouldn’t be out of the question for another one of Hollywood’s major players to get on board with this one before too long. Where you at, Steve McQueen?
As Variety reports, the screenplay will be written by Lumanity’s Robert Budreau, who has produced and written many of the studio’s shorts, and was also the writer/director for 2006’s mystery That Beautiful Somewhere. He’s not quite as high-profile as one might hope, but he’s coming at it from an interesting angle, as he’ll "combine classic Lehane elements of Boston crime-drama with a critique of American consumerism and capitalism." Sounds good to me.
For a better idea of Budreau’s talents, take a look below at his wrestling-themed short film Bodyslam, starring Roddy Piper and Bret Hart (!!!), which premiered on the BravoFACT website at the end of last year.