Screen talk: Money man

The author Michael Lewis has not only written bestsellers, but now he has written his way well and truly on to Hollywood's go to radar after doing something movie-backers love.

He wrote the book Moneyball, which made $20m from its opening weekend as a film starring Brad Pitt. On the back of that, Lewis is tipped to take an active role in what may be the next film based on one of his books. Warner Bros has asked Lewis to pen a script based on Liar's Poker, his classic 1989 account of working as a bond trader at Salomon Brothers in the heady 1980s, which has been in development for a while. John Requa and Glenn Ficarra (Crazy, Stupid, Love) have come on board to direct the film. Also in development is The Big Short, based on Lewis's 2010 book about the 2008 financial crisis. That is being developed at Paramount, with Moneyball star Brad Pitt and his Plan B company attached to produce.

Down on the farm

A movie about farming is the unlikely subject for a big screen job for Clancy Brown, the actor immortalised as Kurgan in 1986's Highlander. But farming it is with Brown signing up to star alongside Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron in a yet-to-be-titled Ramin Bahrani project that also counts Heather Graham (above centre) and Kim Dickens in the cast. The project, formerly titled "Heartland", details the story of a farmer and sales seedman (Quaid) trying to deal with his race car-driving son who refuses to plough his father's furrow.

Somewhere in time

Disney is ramping up plans to make Time Zones, a script billed as having a mind-bending concept. The studio has tasked Marc Guggenheim with the task of turning a story that combines a race against time with a race in time. Er, okay then. The story is set after an event that causes the world to spontaneously develop "time zones", but not like the ones that exist right now. The zones are fractures in space-time, which means on one side of the world it might be 2065 in New York, while on the other it is 300BC in China. Against this backdrop, one man realises that because time travel is now a matter of geography, he has the chance to change the past and save the life of his wife, but must team up with his estranged daughter to do so. Guggenheim is best known for his TV work – he was a writer-exec producer on FlashForward – and was a writer on The Green Lantern.

Tarantino recruits Kurt Russell

Quentin Tarantino (above right) continues to command actors' attention and instil a desire to work for him, especially those he has worked with previously. The fast-talking, dialogue-loving former video-shop clerk is lining up quite a cast for his latest, Django Unchained. But after Kevin Costner pulled out, Tarantino speedily replaced his acting chops with none other than Kurt Russell. The movie is set in the American South of the 1800s and follows a freed slave (Jamie Foxx) who partners with a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) in order to find his wife. Russell joins to play a baddie in a film that already boasts an impressive bad-guy list, including Leonardo DiCaprio as a Francophile plantation owner who forces slaves to compete in death matches and Samuel L Jackson as a nasty head slave who works for DiCaprio. Russell plays a character called Ace, a man who oversees the plantation in a ruthless manner and who relishes punishing slaves. It is set to shoot in November this year.

Noah and the tale

Darren Aronofsky is attached to direct the big-screen version of the Biblical tale Noah. The screenwriter John Logan, whose credits include Gladiator and The Aviator, will re-write a script by Aronofsky and Ari Handel. Aronofsky believes in the project so much he will also help produce it.

Arts and Entertainment

game of thrones reviewWarning: spoilers

Arts and Entertainment
The original Star Wars trio of Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill

George Osborne confirms Star Wars 8 will film at Pinewood Studios in time for 4 May


Arts and Entertainment
Haunted looks: Matthew Macfadyen and Timothy Spall star in ‘The Enfield Haunting’

North London meets The Exorcist in eerie suburban drama


Arts and Entertainment

Filming to begin on two new series due to be aired on Dave from next year


Arts and Entertainment
Kit Harington plays MI5 agent Will Holloway in Spooks: The Greater Good

'You can't count on anyone making it out alive'film
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment

ebooksNow available in paperback
Arts and Entertainment

  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

    Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

    Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
    Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

    Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

    Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
    China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

    China's influence on fashion

    At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
    Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

    The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

    Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
    Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

    Rainbow shades

    It's all bright on the night
    'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

    Bread from heaven

    Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
    Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

    How 'the Axe' helped Labour

    UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
    Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

    The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

    A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
    Welcome to the world of Megagames

    Welcome to the world of Megagames

    300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
    'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

    Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

    Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
    Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

    Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

    The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
    Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

    Vince Cable exclusive interview

    Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
    Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

    Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

    Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
    Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband has got everyone talking about The Trews

    Everyone is talking about The Trews

    Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
    Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

    It's time for my close-up

    Meet the man who films great whites for a living