Leonardo DiCaprio Set to Take on the World of Online Poker
by Alex Billington
June 15, 2009
Might this become the unofficial sequel to Rounders? Paramount has picked up an untitled pitch from Brian Koppelman and David Levien that takes place in the world of online poker. Leonardo DiCaprio will be developing this through his company Appian Way and is set to star in the lead role. Koppelman and Levien last write The Girlfriend Experience for Steven Soderbergh as well as Ocean's Thirteen, Walking Tall, Runaway Jury, Knockaround Guys, and Rounders. Let's hope this project will take them all the way back to their poker roots. No director is attached yet and no start date has been set, but it sounds interesting.
Being a big fan of Rounders (and poker) myself, I'm inherently excited for this. I'm curious to see what kind of story they can come up with that's set in the world of online poker world. It's definitely not as exciting as real poker, but you can lose a lot of money just the same. I would argue (and I've heard this elsewhere, too) that Rounders was one of the movies that helped make Texas Hold’em as popular as it is today, so it makes sense that we'd see more poker movies from these guys (now that it's so big). I've got high hopes for this, especially with DiCaprio on-board, and will be looking forward to seeing who they find to direct as well.