By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist August 23, 2012 at 5:57PM
It has been seven years since writer Stephen Gaghan got behind the camera and delivered "Syriana," and while he has kicked around a variety of projects since, lined up various producing and writing gigs (including doing a polish on M. Night Shymalan's upcoming "After Earth"), there hasn't been much word on a directorial outing. But now comes news of a project bubbling forth, with two heavyweight names eyeing the lead roles.
THR reports that Brad Pitt and Denzel Washington are in early talks to star in "Candy Store," with Jamie Foxx also eyeing a part. And that's about all we can tell you. The film is said to be a "crime thriller" but aside from that, there are zero plot details for the movie that is set up over at Lionsgate. Last fall, it was reported that Gaghan had two other films he was looking at the directing -- the Chinatown underworld flick "The Snakehead" and an untitled drug cartel drama. But the former doesn't a studio home and the latter is over at Warner Bros., so it's neither of those flicks.
Now before you lose your balls on a potential Pitt/Washington pairing, note that this is all very early, Pitt circles lots of stuff that doesn't get made, and if neither of these guys sign on it could slow things down. But promising? Hell yeah.