Directors update: Ben Affleck, Fred Durst and Ariel Vromen
Monday 04 October 2010
A gangster, a hitman and skinheads are the subjects of three upcoming films to be directed by an actor, a rock star and music producer who turned to directing.
On the heels of his hit film The Town, Ben Affleck may next direct a Los Angeles crime drama, Tales from the Gangster Squad. Based on a series of articles in the LA Times, the 1940s period story centers on a "gang" of police officers who try to kick legendary gangster Mickey Cohen out of town.
Rocker Fred Durst from the band Limp Bizkit, who directed The Education of Charlie Banks starring Jesse Eisenberg, will also direct an action comedy Pawn Shop Chronicles. Written in a Pulp Fiction style, the story follows a missing wedding ring and involves meth addicts, skinheads and an Elvis impersonator.
Ariel Vromen ( Danika) is planning a biopic about Richard "The Iceman" Kuklinsky, a ruthless hitman who claims to have murdered 250 people. According to Production Weekly, the director has cast James Franco and Benicio Del Toro for the film with Michael Shannon playing The Iceman.
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