It's a dream team—Tom Hardy, Tobey Maguire, and Leonardo DiCaprio are collaborating on not one but two films that Warner Bros. is backing. The two films will surround the same topic—the illegal poaching of endangered animals in Africa.
The films will both be produced by DiCaprio's Appian Way, Maguire's Material Pictures, and Hardy's Executive option. One of the films is said to be a starring role for Hardy, while the other film will likely feature all three actors (yes, please!).
Sheldon Turner, who worked on Up In The Air, had been enlisted to write the script for the first film, which will be about an ex-Special Forces soldier (Hardy) who teachers rangers how to fight off rhino and elephant poachers. Over the course of his job, he comes to love the Zimbabwean countryside and makes it his mission to fight back. Along with the three aforementioned production companies, Dean Baker and Paul Grey will produce.
The second film doesn't have a writer or director yet, but rumors say that it has the potential to be an ensemble cast, but that the three men "might" appear. The second movie will focus on the animal trafficking industry, exploring the issue from perspectives including those of corporate executives, poachers, and others involved in not only jungle poaching but illegal shark fishing and other ocean trafficking.
It's an ambitious undertaking for the three, considering just one movie about animal poaching might be a tough sell for audiences, let alone two. Still, there are fans out there who will see the films just based on cast, so we think they'll do alright. Would you see either of these films?
Posted by Jena
10/24/2012 2:59 PM