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‘Savages’ & ‘The Town’ Writers Don Winslow & Chuck Hogan Team Up For Crime Script

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • May 8, 2012 11:44 AM
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How great was that first trailer for Oliver Stone's “Savages”? It promised that the star-studded cast of the film may have rejuvenated its flailing helmer, who’s become more associated with titles like “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” and “World Trade Center” as of late, over his far more diverting and controversial fare like "JFK," “Platoon,” “Natural Born Killers,” and “Born on the Fourth of July.” Stone worked on the screenplay for the film with author Don Winslow, who also wrote the book on which it is based, and now Winslow seems to be carrying some of the cachet he may be earning from “Savages” to his next project.

Author Don Winslow Says 'Frankie Machine' Film Still Moving Forward

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 2, 2012 3:00 PM
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Of the many projects that crossed the desk of Martin Scorsese over the years, "Frankie Machine" was one of the most promising. Based on the novel by Don Winslow, the book was optioned way back in the early 2000s and was initially eyed as a long awaited reunion between the director and his famed collaborator Robert De Niro. It didn't come to pass, and in 2007 Michael Mann came on board with Alex Tse ("Watchmen") tasked with revise the story which had a script by Brian Koppleman and David Levien. And not much has been heard since. Despite that, curiosity still lingers around the project...why? Because the concept is pretty great.

Guns, Tattoos & Blades: Poster For Oliver Stone's 'Savages' With Blake Lively, Benicio Del Toro, John Travolta & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 2, 2012 2:24 PM
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Recently moved to a release date right in the middle of summer, just a few days after "The Amazing Spider-Man," Universal has high hopes that Oliver Stone's "Savages" will be a pulpy multiplex diversion. And the first poster has dropped giving us a much better look at the array of characters we'll meet in the gritty thriller.

Author Don Winslow Talks Latest Thriller 'Satori' & The Brewing Film Adaptation With Leonardo DiCaprio

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 2, 2012 10:05 AM
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"Not to be preachy about it, but discipline is everything for a working writer, at least for this one. I can’t just wander around fields of flowers or sit brooding in coffee houses waiting for the muse to land on my shoulder and whisper in my ear.  That would nice, but it ain’t gonna happen. I treat writing like a factory job – the whistle blows and I’m at work. This thing always comes down to someone sitting down with some kind of writing instrument and getting it done," author and screenwriter Don Winslow told us recently. And he's not kidding around. That focus and drive has allowed Winslow to write 16 books over the past two decades or so, including "Satori" (hitting bookstores in paperback last week) and his upcoming "Savages" prequel "The Kings Of Cool." And this doesn't even include the television work or the brewing movie adaptations he has in development. And though he commits to a strong worth ethic, it's never at the mercy of challenging himself as a writer or compromising his own standards.

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