Director Michael Mann & Writer Paul Haggis Looking to Find 'Gold'

April 13, 2011
Source: Heat Vision

Michael Mann / Paul Haggis

If National Treasure just doesn't deliver the kind of hunt for precious and rare treasure that you desire, well then we have the project for you. Heat Vision reports director Michael Mann (Public Enemies, Collateral) and writer Paul Haggis (Crash, The Next Three Days) are teaming up for Gold, a thriller with flares of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre but in a contemporary setting. The story follows prospectors and speculators on the ruthless search for gold and comes from Patrick Massett and John Zinman (co-executive producers of "Friday Night Lights" and "The Chicago Code") who first wrote the spec script as a feature writing sample.

Initially, Haggis was circling the project to direct himself before taking on other projects. However, the writer showed the sample script to Mann and he took the the story immediately. The director has picked up the script for his Forward Pass production banner and intends to direct the film as well. Apparently the project will be developed as a package (though actors are attached yet) before taking it to a studio. This one is early in development right now, so we may not hear about it until sometime down the road. Recently, movies about treasure and gold have been few and far between, so this could be fun. What do you think?

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Chris on Apr 14, 2011

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