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Leo DiCaprio takes no Prisoners

Feb. 22, 2010by: Mike Sampson

Back when Warner Bros. released their 2010 preview, already listed with an October release date was the thriller PRISONERS. This was despite no cast and no official greenlight. All it had was a hot script, courtesy of Aaron Guzikowski, and a director in Antoine Fuqua (BROOKLYN'S FINEST). But now things are changing following the interest of Mr. Leonardo DiCaprio.

DiCaprio had an opening in his schedule and was interested in starring in the film but was not really interested in working with Fuqua. The actor has only worked with five directors - Martin Scorsese, Chris Nolan, Ridley Scott, Sam Mendes and Ed Zwick - in the past eight years, so he's got particular taste in who he works with. Now the word is Fuqua is off the project while Warner Bros. works to find an available director that's approved by DiCaprio.

What this means for the movie is that it will likely no longer be hitting theaters in 2010. DiCaprio, who has INCEPTION due this summer, is expected to film another project before taking on PRISONERS. Whether that's his Viking movie, an adaptation of the book "Blink" or a remake of DUMB AND DUMBER that I just made up in my head, remains unclear.

For his part, Fuqua may turn his attention to his Pablo Escobar biopic that he's been attached to.

Extra Tidbit: This script is supposedly floating around online. Has anybody seen it?
Source: Deadline

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4:46PM on 02/22/2010

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I'm currently searching high and low for this script. Until I find it here's a script review I found. [link]
I'm currently searching high and low for this script. Until I find it here's a script review I found. [link]
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2:27PM on 02/22/2010
Is DiCaprio ever going to look like a grown-up, or is he going to resemble a teenager until retirement age?
Is DiCaprio ever going to look like a grown-up, or is he going to resemble a teenager until retirement age?
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12:43PM on 02/22/2010
I like Fuqua but he's gone a a bit downhill since Training Day. Leo is NOT gonna be trapped in the next "Shooter" piece of shit that's for sure. He's got an amazing career and it's because he chooses projects wisely. I don't blame him. BUT I bet he would have worked with him if this was right after Training Day got released. Looking forward to Brooklyn's Finest though.
I like Fuqua but he's gone a a bit downhill since Training Day. Leo is NOT gonna be trapped in the next "Shooter" piece of shit that's for sure. He's got an amazing career and it's because he chooses projects wisely. I don't blame him. BUT I bet he would have worked with him if this was right after Training Day got released. Looking forward to Brooklyn's Finest though.
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11:28AM on 02/22/2010
That's gotta suck for Fuqua tobe booted off a prooject because the actor doesn't want to work with him. It should really work the other way around.
That's gotta suck for Fuqua tobe booted off a prooject because the actor doesn't want to work with him. It should really work the other way around.
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10:53AM on 02/22/2010
Leo has long been one of my fave actors, and I'm glad he's choosy with who he works with. He knows how it's done. Leo is well on his way to be the greatest actor working, commercially and critically. The guy just keeps getting better.
Leo has long been one of my fave actors, and I'm glad he's choosy with who he works with. He knows how it's done. Leo is well on his way to be the greatest actor working, commercially and critically. The guy just keeps getting better.
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10:19AM on 02/22/2010
That's gotta suck for Fuqua tobe booted off a prooject because the actor doesn't want to work with him. It should really work the other way around.
That's gotta suck for Fuqua tobe booted off a prooject because the actor doesn't want to work with him. It should really work the other way around.
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10:17AM on 02/22/2010
And what the hell is wrong with Antoine Fuqua exactly Leo? The Replacement Killers,Training Day,Shooter, King Arthur all damn good movies and now Brooklyn's Finest on the way which is looking damn good
And what the hell is wrong with Antoine Fuqua exactly Leo? The Replacement Killers,Training Day,Shooter, King Arthur all damn good movies and now Brooklyn's Finest on the way which is looking damn good
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1:37PM on 02/22/2010
Whats wrong with Fuqua ? Well, The Replacement Killer, Training Day, Tears of the Sun, King Arthur, Shooter. You answered the question yourself.
Whats wrong with Fuqua ? Well, The Replacement Killer, Training Day, Tears of the Sun, King Arthur, Shooter. You answered the question yourself.
4:38PM on 02/22/2010
Training Day is a great film but that's it. King Arthur was decent.
Training Day is a great film but that's it. King Arthur was decent.
8:57AM on 02/22/2010
It's pretty cool. They're shooting this movie in my town and the crews been just kind of hanging here for a while. It's kind of funny because I graduated film school last year and have yet to find work... hopefully this is it?

Wish me luck, Schmoes
It's pretty cool. They're shooting this movie in my town and the crews been just kind of hanging here for a while. It's kind of funny because I graduated film school last year and have yet to find work... hopefully this is it?

Wish me luck, Schmoes
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8:55AM on 02/22/2010
Out of all the directors mentioned aboved, I would also like to see Steven Spielberg. I think he would do a heck of a job
Out of all the directors mentioned aboved, I would also like to see Steven Spielberg. I think he would do a heck of a job
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8:39AM on 02/22/2010

One more Director

Steven Spielberg: Catch me if you can in 2002...not to be a douche or anything^^
Steven Spielberg: Catch me if you can in 2002...not to be a douche or anything^^
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