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Brad Pitt to reteam with director Andrew Dominik for the crime adaptation Cogan's Trade

11.03.2010

The last time Brad Pitt worked with Andrew Dominik, we got THE ASSASSINATON OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD, and it resulted in my being a very happy movie-going camper. Will their latest collaboration provide similar results?

According to THR's Heat Vision, COGAN'S TRADE "centers on Jackie Cogan, a professional enforcer who investigates a heist that takes place during a high stakes poker game under protection of the mob." Dominik is also reportedly hoping to reunite with two other JESSE JAMES vets - Casey Affleck and Sam Rockwell - as well as potentially bringing on Mark Ruffalo and Javier Bardem. Let's hope!

The film would be an adaptation of the George V. Higgins novel, which you can read a bit more about below (via Amazon):

"Cogan's Trade is the top-notch crime novel rated by the New Yorker as the 'best' from 'the Balzac of the Boston underworld.' Crackling dialogue, mordant humor, and unremitting tension drive the suspenseful stakes of the game higher in Bostonís precarious underworld of small-time mobsters, crooked lawyers, and political gofers as George V. Higgins, the writer who boiled crime fiction harder, tracks Jackie Coganís career in a gangland version of law and order. For Cogan is an enforcer; and when the Mobís rules get broken, he gets hired to ply his tradeómurder. In the gritty, tough-talking pages of Higginsís 1974 national best-seller, Cogan is called in when a high-stake card game under the protection of the Mob is heisted. Expertly, with a ruthless businessmanís efficiency, a shrewd sense of other peopleís weaknesses, and a style as cold as his stare, Cogan moves with reliable precision to restore the status quo as ill-conceived capers and double-dealing shenanigans erupt into high-voltage violence."

Dominik is currently in pre-production on his Marilyn Monroe pseudo-biopic BLONDE with Naomi Watts, which despite competition from the Weinstein-produced MY WEEK WITH MARILYN starring Michelle Williams, is still reportedly scheduled to begin production come January.
Extra Tidbit: Dominik has cited RAGING BULL as being one of his all-time favorite films, one that BLONDE is said to be like a modern version of.

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