Spike Lee Taking Over 'Gold' Drama from Director Michael Mann
Though director Michael Mann was once slated to direct Gold, a film based on a true story about the 1993 Bre-X Mineral Corporation mining scandal, the project has now fallen into the hands of Spike Lee. The script from Patrick Massett and John Zinman was crafted as a writing sample, but Paul Haggis (the director Crash and The Next Three Days) developed it as a project before getting Mann involved. But since it never gained traction, he fell away from the film. Now there's a chance it could be Lee's next film, following his work on the remake of Oldboy now, with production beginning before the end of the year.
The film has been described as having flares of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, but just with a contemporary setting. The Wrap says the story follows a rough-around-the-edges prospector who stumbles onto one of the largest gold mines in the world in the Indonesian jungle. The scandal that followed involved the Bre-X Mineral Corporation inflating the amount of gold in the mine and the financial madness that followed. It sounds like this project could have themes and elements similar to that of Lee's Inside Man, a surprisingly great heist film. We'll see how this one shakes out as time goes on.