Hardy, DiCaprio & Maguire Circle Another Animal Poaching Drama
Nearly two years ago, we heard about Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Tom Hardy teaming up to produce an animal trafficking drama, in the same vein as Steven Soderbergh's Traffic, that takes a dramatic from look at everything from the ground war on poachers in the African savanna to how animal material ends up in the fancy fashion houses of Paris. There's been no news since then, but now Deadline reports Mission: Impossible 5 writer Will Staples will script another untitled film set up at Warner Bros. about the same topic with Hardy, DiCaprio and Maguire still possibly taking roles in an ensemble cast.
Staples previously worked writing video games like Call of Duty and Need for Speed, but he's hit Hollywood with a Black Listed script called King of Heists, which will star Jeremy Renner, and a project called Myth that will be produced by Transformers franchise producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (and previously caught the eye of James Cameron). The story has a lot of threads around the world, tracing supply and demand for animals slain, stripped and sold for big money in places like China with a bunch of shady, rich and despicable characters. Since the three producers have strong opinions on animal rights, we don't expect a subtle message in the film, but we hope for a good story.
It should be noted that Warner Bros. is apparently still developing the animal trafficking drama that we heard about two years ago, but that one has a completely different story. Sheldon Turner (Up in the Air) will script that film which is being built as a star vehicle for Hardy from an idea he hatched after hearing stories from friends who were Special Forces operatives, but became anti-poaching fighters in South Africa, battling poachers who were decimating the rhino and elephant populations in Zimbabwe. It's not clear how soon either film might get off the ground but stay tuned.