Though Christoph Waltz won his second Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained earlier this year, many felt that the film’s other stars deserved awards consideration for their performances as well. Leonardo DiCaprio played a delightfully evil slave owner, and Foxx, of course, portrayed the heroic lead as he fought through the hellish antebellum South to rescue his beloved wife. Now Deadline has a report that indicates that particular duo will be joining forces on screen again soon, but this time, in a police drama.
Warner Bros. has acquired film rights to S. Craig Zahler’s upcoming crime novel “Mean Business On North Ganson Street” for the Django co-stars, and the movie will be produced by DiCaprio’s Appian Way shingle. Zahler, who wrote the upcoming western Bone Tomahawk, will also tackle the screenplay for the movie version of Mean Business, which sounds pretty great. DiCaprio plays a tough detective who has some bad news for a client: a man says his wife is missing, but DiCaprio found out she’s a hooker who skipped town and stole his cash. When the man commits a “desperate tragic act” in the squad room – we’re guessing that means he kills himself – DiCaprio’s character is sent off to a town called Victory, Missouri, to attempt to quell the violent crime on the rise there. He teams up with another badass detective (Foxx) with a violence problem, and the two get to work solving the case of why local police are being executed in Victory.
Though it sounds promising, we’re guessing this project won’t come together for quite some time. The novel still doesn’t have a publisher, and DiCaprio said back in January that he plans on taking “a long, long break from acting.” He has Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street out later this year and no other projects in the can, so who knows how long his self-imposed exile from acting will last? Since Leo is one of my favorite working actors right now, I’m hoping he’ll get back in front of the camera quickly. Interested?
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