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DiCaprio the Latest to Work on Aaron Guzikowski's Prisoners

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February 20, 2010
Source: Deadline

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I don't know about you guys, but I'm getting pretty tired of writing about all the different hands this script has gone through. Aaron Guzikowski's script Prisoners was first unleashed upon Hollywood back in March of last year. At one point Bryan Singer was set to direct with Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale, but that never happened. Then they attached Training Day's Antoine Fuqua late last year to direct a "lower budget" version, eventually hooking Hugh Jackman as well. But now apparently both of them have fallen off and Leonardo DiCaprio is now the latest to to be "taken" by the script. Now he's setting it up at Warner Bros.

Deadline Hollywood is reporting that DiCaprio is interested, but will only star in it if they attach the right director. He apparently only works with top notch directors like Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan, Ridley Scott, Sam Mendes, and so on. Prisoners has a Mystic River-meets-Taken storyline, and DiCaprio wants to play the lead role, a small-town carpenter who takes matters into his own hands when his daughter and her friend are kidnapped. "In the 12 years we've run this company, this is the most interesting, morally complex thriller we've ever gotten, and we can't wait to make the movie," Alcon exec Andrew Kosove said.

So if this script is as incredible as it sounds like (I haven't read it yet), then why the heck is it taking so long to get made? Shouldn't some actor or producer or director scoop this up and do whatever it takes to get it made, if it's so damn good? I don't understand. Why did Fuqua drop out? While he wasn't the perfect choice, I thought he would've done a great job with this. This project has gone from exciting to annoying, and I hope they figure out their plans soon before I lose all interest. I want to see Prisoners with a great cast and a great director, but every time they get someone good attached, it falls apart. Wonder what will happen this time.

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  • Shane
    I read the script for this. It was quite good, but not really jaw-dropping. Think Mystic River meets Taken.
  • Loser
    Leonardo+Bale+Scorsese would be awesome to see, Michael Mann would be a good choice too. One can only dream
  • Dan
    Alex, we're not tired of writing about this script, but thanks for your concern. ;-) Am I nuts or do most projects with Leo attached find the light of day? Maybe this is finally the end of the line for this project. I can help but feel for Guzikowski. That guy has probably been through his best champagne by now.
  • SlashBeast
    Fuqua is a solid enough director, but nothing special. I'd rather someone else take this project.

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