Jack Nicholson May Play Robert Downey Jr.'s Father in 'The Judge'
The legendary Jack Nicholson has only made three films since 2003, but that isn't stopping Warner Bros. from pursuing the Chinatown star to play the father of Robert Downey Jr.'s character in The Judge. Set to be directed by Wedding Crashers helmer David Dobkin, the story follows a big-city lawyer (Downey) who returns home after the death of his mother only to discover that his estranged Alzheimer's-ridden father is suspected of murder, so he represents his father in the case. Downey is producing through his Team Downey Productions, and though THR says this isn't a done deal, we hope this works out. Read on!
Nick Schenk, who wrote Gran Torino and the RoboCop remake, took the first crack at the script, and though previous reports mentioned writer Bill Dubuque had done subsequent work on the story, his name is absent from this most recent report, so it's unclear if they've reverted back to Schenk's original draft. If we want to really stretch things, we could speculate that because THR's report says the script "is also now in [Nicholson's] hands" that could mean that the actor himself could take a pass at the material, as he's written six screenplays over his long career.
Nicholson is reportedly very stingy about the roles that he takes, but guys, let's think about this for a second: he starred in How Do You Know in 2010, so it's not like he's holding out for masterpieces or anything (though it was probably a favor to director James L. Brooks who got Nicholson an Oscar for his role in As Good As It Gets). It's probably safe to assume The Judge has a bigger upside for Nicholson than Brooks' most recent romantic comedy, so we'll keep our fingers crossed that he ends up choosing this one.