Eminem Has Another Film Project Titled 'Random Acts of Violence'
Wow.. things are heating up for Eminem. A few weeks ago we wrote about a project the rapper/actor was developing about boxing called Southpaw. Well, Vulture reports on another new "crime thriller" project he's got in the works at 20th Century Fox called Random Acts of Violence. He must have landed a good agent and I'm sure the huge success (last year's biggest-selling album) of his newest album "Recovery" has helped, too. Vulture's insiders with the details tell them that Eminem's Shady Films partners Paul Rosenberg and Stuart Parr, who also produced 8 Mile and Get Rich or Die Tryin', will produce the film. More details inside!
Random Acts of Violence, originally described as "a poor man's version of video game Grand Theft Auto" (uh oh) in its first iteration, is some sort of crime thriller akin to The Town or The Departed, with Eminem as some morally twisted ex-con guy. Its gone through a lot of changes and numerous screenwriters, but the most recent draft is by David Von Ancken ("Californication", Seraphim Falls). Here's the plot description:
An ex-con (Eminem) smarter than his past is fresh out of prison and trying to stay legit — but his efforts are complicated by his old gang who wants him back on the job. So, too, does the FBI, which hopes he’ll wear a wire and bring down the crime syndicate. The ex-con, meanwhile, tries to play both sides against each other long enough to exact revenge against those — on both sides of the law — who sent him to prison in the first place.
That actually kind of sounds like John Curran's Stone - right? It seems like an interesting project and, of course, it's honestly intriguing to see Eminem return to Hollywood and acting. He's a good actor when he's into his roles, I just hope this turns out good. Fox will make one more pass at the script with another writer, then bring Von Ancken back to also direct the film once the screenplay is polished and ready later this year. Like I said, as long as it's not something just made-for-TV and bland, but is actually gritty and polished, I'll be looking forward to this. You can read Vulture for the full rundown of the script's history and stick around for updates in the meantime. Are you guys looking forward to seeing Eminem return to acting?