EXCLUSIVE: James Mangold’s next film will be the X-Men spinoff sequel The Wolverine with Hugh Jackman that 20th Century Fox will put in production next spring, but he has just come attached to direct City State, an Icelandic crime thriller that Mangold and his Tree Line Films partner Cathy Konrad will develop for a remake. They will produce with Danny Sherman and Josh Kesslman of Principal Entertainment.
Written and directed by Olaf de Fleur Johannesson, City State is set in the Icelandic underworld and deals with four people whose lives intersect when a foreign mafia decides to take control of the Icelandic drug market. There is a crooked police captain in love with a prostitute, an aging crime boss with a heart condition looking to get out of the game alive, a mechanic determined to avenge the death of his unborn child, and a female cop who is attacked by thugs and takes matters into her own hands. Mangold’s reps at WME and Management 360 will set this one up quickly. Here is a look at the trailer for the original.
EXCLUSIVE: Producer Cathy Konrad and James Mangold’s Tree Line Films will partner with Tom Pollock and Ivan Reitman’s Montecito Picture Company on an adaptation of the Anne Fortier novel Juliet. They’ve set the project at Paramount for Mangold to direct, and with Chad and Dara Creasey (New Line’s Mean Moms) writing the script. Mangold is booked to next direct Wolverine 2 for 20th Century Fox next spring.
The protagonist is a twentysomething woman who learns she is a descendant of one of the feuding families made infamous in Romeo and Juliet. She travels to Italy and discovers that the 600-year-old curse is still in effect and her fate is tied to literature’s greatest lovers. Konrad, Pollock, Reitman and Ali Bell will produce.
EXCLUSIVE: Welcome to the 1960s, Las Vegas style. CBS has put in development Ralph Lamb, a drama project set in the early ’60s from Goodfellas writer Nicholas Pileggi based on the true story of Ralph Lamb, a cowboy-turned-Las Vegas sheriff in the ’60s and ’70s. CBS TV Studios, which is producing the project, has assembled a formidable feature team. James Mangold (Walk the Line) is on board to direct. He will executive produce with his producing partner Cathy Konrad and another film producer, Arthur Sarkissian (Rush Hour). Pileggi will co-write the script with TV writer Greg Walker (Without a Trace). Pileggi originally developed the project as a movie at MGM with Sarkissian who got the rights back when MGM went through bankruptcy.
Ralph Lamb was Clark County’s longest-serving and most famous sheriff who was in charge for two decades — from 1961 to 1979. Known as the cowboy sheriff as he was often seen riding his horse, Lamb modernized the department, brought in a modern crime lab, assembled the city’s first SWAT team and oversaw the merger of the Las Vegas and the county law enforcement agencies into the Metropolitan Police Department. But he was probably best known for his tough stance on the Mafia, which still controlled most of the casinos at the time. He famously roughed up Chicago mobster Johnny Rosselli in public and sent him to jail. After making bail, Rosselli’s was never head from again until his corpse was found floating in a 55-gallon oil drum off Miami 10 years later. There has been speculation that that if mobsters were causing too much trouble, Lamb’s men simply killed them, but Lamb has denied such murders have ever occurred. Read More »
James Mangold and wife/producing partner Cathy Konrad have signed with WME. Mangold most recently directed the Tom Cruise-Cameron Diaz starrer Knight & Day, and before that the remake of 3:10 To Yuma and the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line. Konrad produced all of those, and they also worked together on the series Men in Trees. They had been repped by CAA. They remain with Management 360.