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Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly to helm Nicolas Cage in crazy true-crime story

09.27.2012
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Richard Kelly and Nicolas Cage

First Richard Kelly did the divisive DONNIE DARKO, then he did the even more divisive SOUTHLAND TALES, and then he did THE BOXTHE BOX was bad.  Really bad.  Even the combined might of James Marsden's charm and Frank Langella's charred face couldn't save it.  So it is with very cautious interest that I bring you this news: Richard Kelly is teaming up with Nicholas Cage for a very strange, yet precedent-setting, true-crime story called AMICUS.  

Here's the history: spanning 25 years, [AMICUS] is based on the true story of Lawrence Horn, a former record producer and Motown Records exec who is currently serving a life sentence in prison for hiring Detroit-based hit man James Perry to murder his wife, quadriplegic son and the wealthy family's overnight nurse at their suburban home in Silver Spring, Maryland. Horn's son was the victim of medical malpractice and as the result of a subsequent lawsuit, had a trust worth nearly $2 million, which his father stood to inherit in the wake of his death.  Detectives discovered that Perry, who was sentenced to death in 1995 for the brutal crime, used how-to book "Hit Man: A Technical Manual for Independent Contractors" as a guide to execute the murders. The families of the victims went on to file a class-action lawsuit against the Colorado-based publisher Paladin Press.  The attorneys representing the families then hired Smolla, a First Amendment attorney and professor at William & Mary Law School, to consult on the historic case, which took five years to settle amidst a series of shocking and bizarre developments.

Cage is set to play Smolla, and I'm very curious to see which cage we're going to get for this - "mega-acting" Cage, so-restrained-he's-practically-dead Cage, or the medium between those two that's actually fascinating to watch.  Kelly's next was originally meant to be CORPUS CHRISTI with Edgar Ramirez, but there's been no movement on that project since Ramirez's attachment and production seems to have been stalled in favor of AMICUS.  The Cage-Kelly team-up is already gearing up for a January start date in Atlanta, so hopefully we'll hear more on the casting side of things soon.

Vanessa Hudgens in black lingerie on bed

Cage's FROZEN GROUND co-star Vanessa Hudgens

Extra Tidbit: Amicus (noun): /əˈmēkəs/ An impartial adviser, often voluntary, to a court of law in a particular case.
Source: Variety

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7:54PM on 09/27/2012

I like it

Nicholas Cage + Talented Directer = At Least Worth Seeing
Nicholas Cage + Talented Directer = At Least Worth Seeing
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11:39AM on 09/27/2012
Never ever understood Donnie Darko's fascination (an interesting debut, but I just didn't think it worked nearly as well as people think) and Southland Tales was pure garbage from someone thinking it was high art. The Box was actually the thing I kind of liked, there was a interesting enough 70's vibe you don't see in a lot of movies. I don't have any expectations for this, Kelly seems to be his own worst enemy, but if the buzz is good, I'll give it a shot.
Never ever understood Donnie Darko's fascination (an interesting debut, but I just didn't think it worked nearly as well as people think) and Southland Tales was pure garbage from someone thinking it was high art. The Box was actually the thing I kind of liked, there was a interesting enough 70's vibe you don't see in a lot of movies. I don't have any expectations for this, Kelly seems to be his own worst enemy, but if the buzz is good, I'll give it a shot.
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10:47AM on 09/27/2012
Sounds like a perfect project for Cage. I've only seen Donnie Darko and Domino, but it sounds at least crazy enough for a man like Kelly. Now if they can just find interesting enough cast for the rest of the movie, it could be a really worthwhile film.
Sounds like a perfect project for Cage. I've only seen Donnie Darko and Domino, but it sounds at least crazy enough for a man like Kelly. Now if they can just find interesting enough cast for the rest of the movie, it could be a really worthwhile film.
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10:30AM on 09/27/2012
Never got the hate for Mr. Kelly. Donnie Darko is a masterpiece, Southland Tales, is indeed very divisive but that's what you get when you make something so different and out-there. And the only thing that I can fault The Box is that it was a bit too mainstream for him, but even that's only because Southland Tales put a tight noose on his name.

This new project sounds very interesting to me and I hope that he gets to write it and that it'll actually happen.
Never got the hate for Mr. Kelly. Donnie Darko is a masterpiece, Southland Tales, is indeed very divisive but that's what you get when you make something so different and out-there. And the only thing that I can fault The Box is that it was a bit too mainstream for him, but even that's only because Southland Tales put a tight noose on his name.

This new project sounds very interesting to me and I hope that he gets to write it and that it'll actually happen.
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9:48AM on 09/27/2012
I disagree about The Box. It was only pedestrian, run-of-the-mill bad. Southland Tales, however, was the truly epic, Mitt Romney-campaign style bad. "I can't believe somebody paid cash money to make this movie" bad.
I disagree about The Box. It was only pedestrian, run-of-the-mill bad. Southland Tales, however, was the truly epic, Mitt Romney-campaign style bad. "I can't believe somebody paid cash money to make this movie" bad.
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5:30PM on 09/27/2012
"Mitt Romney-campaign style bad"?

Please. If you can't see the agenda in the media against him you're blind and stupid. He's clearly the best candidate after Obama has turned his single term into a nightmare of lies and deceit while he actually attempts to change America into a Socialist, totalitarian state. If you vote for Obama you're voting for the person looking for put you in virtual chains.

Southland Tales did suck but come on. It sucked more like Obama's term as president. Or it
"Mitt Romney-campaign style bad"?

Please. If you can't see the agenda in the media against him you're blind and stupid. He's clearly the best candidate after Obama has turned his single term into a nightmare of lies and deceit while he actually attempts to change America into a Socialist, totalitarian state. If you vote for Obama you're voting for the person looking for put you in virtual chains.

Southland Tales did suck but come on. It sucked more like Obama's term as president. Or it sucked more like the 10:1 ratio of media attention paid to anything controversial Romney says vs. Obama who after the Libya embassy attack actually reduced security around embassies world wide, denied it was a coordinated effort when within 24 hours EVERYONE knew it was AND who was responsible, and then went about his marketing campaign. Sorry election campaign.

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