Freida Pinto, Antonio Banderas & Mark Strong Want 'Black Gold'
Director Paul Thomas Anderson recently took us back to the oil fields of decades past with the period drama There Will Be Blood, but now Warner Bros. and Universal are joining forces with director Jean-Jacques Annaud (Enemy at the Gates, Seven Years in Tibet) for another oil-centric drama. Deadline reports the studios are collaborating on Black Gold the story of the rivalry between Arabian rulers in the 1930s just as oil is being discovered, and the rise of a young, dynamic leader who unites the various tribes of the desert kingdoms. Antonio Banderas, Mark Strong and Freida Pinto are all starring in the film which starts shooting next week.
Riz Ahmed (Centurion) and Liya Kabede (The Good Shepherd) also star in the film written by Menno Meyjes (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Empire of the Sun) which sounds like a great contender when awards season rolls around next year. Meyjes and Annaud haven't had much luck in the past decade in the film industry with their respective recent projects not getting much acclaim. According to IMDb the project was previously known as Black Thirst, but seems to have changed its title for the time being. Filming commences in Tunisia on October 18th with an eye towards release worldwide for Christmas 2011. Interested?