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In The Works: Scorsese Producing Rolls Royce Love Story; Roach, Downey Jr. & Cruise Wanted for 'El Presidente'

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood May 14, 2012 at 8:02PM

Jay Roach ("Game Change," "The Campaign") is in negotiations to direct "El Presidente," from "Parks and Recreation" writer Dan Goor. The Warner Bros. comedy follows an overzealous secret service agent who is relegated to guarding America's worst former president. The plan is to offer Tom Cruise the role of the agent, and Robert Downey Jr. the role of the sleazy ex-president. Vulture has the scoop.
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Ferrell and Wahlberg in "The Other Guys"
Ferrell and Wahlberg in "The Other Guys"

Jay Roach ("Game Change," "The Campaign") is in negotiations to direct "El Presidente," from "Parks and Recreation" writer Dan Goor. The Warner Bros. comedy follows an overzealous secret service agent who is relegated to guarding America's worst former president. The plan is to offer Tom Cruise the role of the agent, and Robert Downey Jr. the role of the sleazy ex-president. Vulture has the scoop.

HBO is developing a comedy that will reunite Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg and Rob Riggle, who starred together in "The Other Guys." The project is based on an idea by Riggle; he will star as a hard-living bon trader in 1980s Wall Street; Adam McKay ("The Other Gys," "Anchorman") is writing with "The Other Guys" and "The Campaign" scripter, Chris Henchy.

"Silver Ghost" is being developed by Martin Scorsese and Zuma Production's Sir Richard Attenborough and Anthony Haas. They will produce the drama, based on the real life story about the founding of Rolls Royce, a love story between men and women and men and machines - set at the turn of the last century. Scorsese says, "When I read the story of 'Silver Ghost,' I was mesmerized, I immediately thought, 'This is a picture that has to be made.'" Here are more details.

This article is related to: IN THE WORKS, News, CASTING WATCH, Television, HBO , Tom Cruise, Robert Downey Jr., Headliners, comedy


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.