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Josh Duhamel & Samuel Jackson Have 'Sympathy for the Devil'

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January 21, 2010
Source: Latino Review

Josh Duhamel & Samuel Jackson

After director Boaz Yakin pleased fans of the "inspirational sports movie" genre with Disney's Remember the Titans, he unfortunately followed it up with Uptown Girls. That was six years ago. Since then Yakin has only directed Death in Love, which hasn't garnered a lot of good press despite showing at Sundance last year. However, things might be looking up for the director as Latino Review has learned that the director is in early pre-production on Sympathy for the Devil, a violent, pulp fiction kind of story with Samuel L. Jackson & Josh Duhamel playing humans who have to navigate a battle between heaven and hell. Sold!

Though it's still pretty early on, we can't help but get quite excited from the official synopsis for the film:

Caught in the no-man's land between Saturday night sin and Sunday morning redemption, Louisiana lawman Harlan Stark (Duhamel) finds that his intervention into a spectacular crime - the bold attempt to assassinate a charismatic preacher -- sooner escalates into a cosmic confrontation between Heaven and Hell, where angels are warriros as dangerous as demons. Harlan and his loyal partner Jesse (Jackson) stand at the fulcrum between vengeful good and devious evil, with neither side showing anything like mercy.

Sounds like an interesting mix of Pulp Fiction and Legion with just a little bit of Constantine, which is just enough crazy to get me pumped. Jackson always has fun with roles like this, and it will be very interesting to see Duhamel cut loose after breaking away from romantic comedies and showing his action chops in the Transformers franchise. The script is already locked and it sounds like the film just needs to get a grasp on international distribution and DVD rights to close the deal and get under way. The sooner the better! We'll be keeping our eye on this one, as it definitely has lots of promise. Anyone else pumped for this movie?

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  • Leon
    Just hurry up and make a f*cking Preacher film already.
  • Cody
    Well I cant say Im totally pumped but at least its an original idea.
  • Hedgehog
    Lets just hope the angels dont use laser staffs like some rip off of Stargate like Darksiders (game) did. Haaaa
  • Moviegimp
    So Jackson plays Dean Winchester?
  • NSX
    @ #4 Haha that what I thought... seems like a episode of Supernatural
  • MiKa
    Sounds really good, and original.. Cant wait for Sam Jackson in this one "WHATS WITH ALL THESE MOTHER FUCKIN DEAMONS" hahahah
  • Xerxex
    decent cast, original story...now can the script and direction stand up?
  • Statix
    Story sounds like the what Supernatural has going on right now
  • Aimee
    Josh Duhamel....yumm
  • WTF! Are you kidding me? Josh Duhamel is horrible. If you put Josh in your movie it pretty much guarantees it will be a flop. Josh is a dog. The only scrips he gets are table scraps. The only thing he was good at was cheating on his girlfriends and wife. Josh Duhamel is arrogant and sexually promiscuous just like Tiger Woods. Fergie is in denial or just dim-witted. Josh is a total loser. SAMUEL YOU NEED TO HAVE A SERIOUS TALK WITH YOUR AGENT!

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