Friday, March 21, 2008

Low Dwellers Draws Leo DiCaprio and Ridley Scott

Ridley Scott

Remember the name of this film. Low Dwellers is getting some early, very positive rumoring with folks likening it as mix of A History of Violence and No Country for Old Men. If that wasn't interesting enough, apparently it was written by Brian Ingelsby, a "twenty-something working as an insurance salesman in Pennsylvania" who has yet to even get his feet wet in Hollywood. Now we hear, via Hollywood Reporter, that Leonardo DiCaprio and Ridley Scott have teamed up to star and possibly direct (respectively).

What caught the duo's attention is probably the bidding war that ensued which included the likes of Warner Brothers and Fox. Ryan Kavanaugh's Relativity Media (American Gangster, Vantage Point, The Bank Job) came away with the rights, however, giving Ingelsby quite a nice payday.

An early synopsis for Low Dwellers reads: "Set in Indiana in the mid-1980s, the movie centers on a man (DiCaprio) trying to assimilate into society after he's released from jail, only to find someone from his past pursuing him to settle a score. In addition to the pursuer, a third male character and a female love interest are said to figure prominently in the script."

Fairly generic at this level, sure, but most great films seem to begin with a non-descript surface that hides surprising depth and detail. I think those that have read the script already, would tend to agree, given all of this early activity.

DiCaprio and Scott actually just wrapped another project, Body of Lies. It's pretty cool that the two are coming over together to tackle this project. I suppose they feel a bit of chemistry between one another. We'll get to see just how good that dynamic is when Lies comes out just before Christmas this year. If it works, that'll just be all the more positive momentum for the burgeoning Low Dwellers.

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