Ok, maybe 3D super hero tentpole is not in his wheelhouse, but how about an honest to goodness thriller? Studios like those. Well, according to Vulture, it's a definite possibility -- which of course is not a defining yes -- that Bradley Cooper, "Modern Family" star Sofia Vergara and "I Am Number Four"/entitled Hollywood brat Alex Pettyfer may star in Daniels' "The Paperboy," a thriller written by author Peter Dexter ("Paris Trout," "Brotherly Love," "Spooner")?
However, much like Vulture's recent spy reports (Guy Ritchie is not directing "Xerxes," "The Wolf Of Wall Street" is not shooting this summer), not everything is completely up to snuff. Two separate insiders very close to this project tell us some important details in that report are missing. For one, both sources tell us that this report is premature. How premature? Well, for one Relativity -- the studio where it's said to be set up -- doesn't own the project and hasn't even optioned the novel yet. Whether it will happen with that studio at all remains to be seen. So what this appears to be, is an idea that Daniels is pitching around town. Whether actors have actually met anyone or are just wishlist scenarios are unclear.
Let's not be too negative. What's it about? According to Vulture, it centers on "the slacker son of backwater Florida newspaper editor and publisher, who gets pulled into his older, big-city reporter brother’s investigation of a rural sheriff's murder, and whether the death-row inmate convicted of it was truly responsible. Being a Pete Dexter novel, things don’t go smoothly." Hey, fine by us. We just want the guy to make another movie, even if most of us weren't really all that into the rather overt and obvious direction of "Precious."