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Hangover director Todd Phillips in talks to take over for Scorsese on the remake of The Gambler

Aug. 21, 2012by:
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Todd Phillips directing HPII

Todd Phillips may be about to direct The Wolfpack for one last bit of adventure and insanity in THE HANGOVER PART III, but that doesn't mean the man doesn't have aspirations beyond the world of gonzo comedy.  And those aspirations may be en route to being manifested rather swiftly, as Phillips is currently in talks to fill the director's chair left vacant by Martin Scorsese himself on the remake of 1974's THE GAMBLER starring James Caan.

William Monahan (THE DEPARTED, SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR) wrote the updated script based on Dostoevsky's story of the same name, "which centers on a UCLA literature professor with a gambling problem who runs afoul of gangsters."  Said UCLA literature professor was originally planned to be played by Leonardo DiCaprio, but since just about the only person busier than Martin Scorsese is Leonardo DiCaprio it isn't yet known whether he'll still be able to play the part.

THE HANGOVER PART III starts filming next month, meaning that if Phillips secures the gig it won't be long at all before production on THE GAMBLER gets going.

The Gambler original poster

Extra Tidbit: That's a great tagline in the above poster. What are some of your favorite pieces of text used to advertise a movie?

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10:05AM on 08/21/2012
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Wolfen: "They can tear the scream from your throat". Always thought that was cool but I think my favourite has to be the simple tag line from Aliens,
"This time it's war". I swear the first time I saw that I shivered in anticipation.
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Wolfen: "They can tear the scream from your throat". Always thought that was cool but I think my favourite has to be the simple tag line from Aliens,
"This time it's war". I swear the first time I saw that I shivered in anticipation.
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8:40AM on 08/21/2012
Extra tidbit: Gladiator (1992) starring James Marshall, Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Brian Dennehy - the tagline is "Nobody owns Tommy Riley. Nobody." The tagline really has an impact especially the climax fight between James Marshall and Brian Dennehy. Nobody owns Tommy Riley. Nobody!!
Extra tidbit: Gladiator (1992) starring James Marshall, Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Brian Dennehy - the tagline is "Nobody owns Tommy Riley. Nobody." The tagline really has an impact especially the climax fight between James Marshall and Brian Dennehy. Nobody owns Tommy Riley. Nobody!!
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