Warner Bros. Picks Up Assassin Tale 'Satori' As Vehicle For Leonardo DiCaprio

by Kevin Jagernauth
October 3, 2011 7:59 AM
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Leonardo DiCaprio has a problem most actors would kill to have -- a plethora of potential projects to choose from. To say that the actor is in demand is an understatement, but needless to say, over the past little while he's seen his name linked to a number of films including: a Martin Scorsese directed remake of "The Gambler"; Todd Field's Mexican revolution project "Creed Of Violence"; the financial world drama "The Wolf Of Wall Street"; the JFK assassination pic "Legacy Of Secrecy" and the true story serial killer tale "The Devil In The White City." And this is all stuff that happened in the past twelve months. Well, Leo can add one more to his plate of options as Deadline reports Warner Bros. has acquired Don Winslow's "Satori" with DiCaprio to produce and star.

Shane Salerno will team with Winslow to write the script, in the story that follows Nicholai Hel, an assassin raised in Japan, who is a martial arts expert and enthusiast of the game Go. When his master faces charges of war crimes, Nicholai kills him "as an act of devotion" but gets thrown in jail because, well, he murdered him. The CIA bails him out and teams him up with a beautiful French woman who trains him to assassinate the Russian commissioner to China. But shit goes pear-shaped, and suddenly Nicholai is on the run through 1950s Vietnam hiding out from everybody ranging from worldwide intelligence agencies, the Corsican mob and a Vietnamese criminal syndicate. Assassinatin' ain't easy.

All remarks aside, this does seem like a pretty nifty little tale and it's actually not the the first time DiCaprio sniffed around a Winslow book adapted by Salerno. The actor met with Oliver Stone for one of the male leads in "Savages" -- based on a Winslow novel, penned by Salerno -- and while that didn't pan out, it's clear he likes the author's style. But when will this happen? Who fucking knows.

DiCaprio is pretty much busy through the spring of 2012 as he's currently lensing "The Great Gatsby" with Baz Luhrmann and will move right over to Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" after that. And then by time those two films are done, he'll probably be attached to another half dozen projects. Like any A-list actor, he'll likely wait to see where the script is at, who can direct, etc before making any decisions. And it also should be noted, DiCaprio is also on a longlist of actors to replace George Clooney in Steven Soderbergh's "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." which is also set up at WB. So while "Satori" isn't happening right away, it'll be one to keep an eye on. DiCaprio will next be seen in Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar" arriving this fall.

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3 Comments

  • princessonakapomadiannamoore | April 18, 2012 5:34 PMReply

    IAM SO IN LOVE WITH THIS GUY THAT I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO.I REALLY LOOK FORWARD TO THIS NEW MOVIE.AND I HOPE IT ALL GO WELL.PLEASE TELL HIM THAT IF HES IN DETROIT.MI.TO STOP OVER TO PRINCESSONAS' FARM IAM GROWING TOBACCO THIS YEAR.HERES LOOKING AT YOU!!!!! LEO

  • Pete | October 3, 2011 12:37 PMReply

    This could be a franchise in the making, too, as the character Nicholai Hel originated in another novel, Shibumi (written in and set in the 1970s). Shibumi was a fun adventure story, one that didn't take itself too seriously. Does anyone know about Satori? Is it a good read?

  • Lorraine Carlson | October 3, 2011 8:20 AMReply

    I wish he would do more movies. Aside from J. Edgar and The Great Gatsby, he currently has 19 projects in various stages of development.

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