Gore Verbinski Directing Scammed Rancher Movie Next?
by Alex Billington
January 14, 2009
Although we really wanted to see Gore Verbinski direct the BioShock movie, it's looking like he'll be taking on a drama about a rancher instead. Really? Universal has just acquired a script written by newcomer Michael Gilio (that recently showed up on the Black List) tentatively titled Black Hole about a retired rancher who responds to a phone solicitation swindle that wipes out his savings. While we all know that phone and email scams are a pressing problem in this nation, do they really take priority over the hotly anticipated adaptation of one of the greatest video games ever made? Apparently for Universal they do.
"The script taps into the shaken trust the public has toward once-trusted institutions and examines how the people behind these institutions are sometimes themselves as much victims of the same blind trust," said Blind Wink senior exec Jonathan Krauss, who'll be producing. I'm not really sure if this is that exciting of an idea, but considering it was on the Black List, maybe there's something more to it? Does it turn into a thriller where this guy goes on an angry vengance and hunts these scammers down? That's actually a story I'd love to see. I guess I just expect something bigger from the guy who made Pirates of the Caribbean.