by: Madison Barnes
Philanthropist and Hollywood mini-mogul Sidney Kimmel is teaming up with Lorenzo DiBonaventura to bring you a Tarantino-like take on the “A-Team.” The former apparel businessman and action producer balance each other out, combining their abilities to make compelling stories with action-packed themes.
The story is centered on family and revenge, and follows a retired marine whose brother is killed by a multi-national drug cartel. He decides to wage a grassroots war against the cartel in an attempt to avenge his brother and eradicate the rat-infested mess the cartel has become. I’m sure it will be messy, bloody, and dirty – I mean, it’s called WAR PIGS but what may redeem the film is the strong family bond upon which the film is predicated.
The script is penned by John Niven and Nick Ball, and the production’s budget is between $30 – $40 million. Kimmel has been known to fund out of his own pocket for passion projects, but his collaboration with DiBonaventura will likely not require that. Kimmel started dallying in film producing in the ’90s, and really hit a streak with his company around 2004. They have made a large number of films in that small time, averaging around 5 per year, including “United 93,” “The Kiterunner,” “Synechdoche, New York,” “The Lincoln Lawyer,” “The Place Beyond the Pines,” and “I, Frankenstein” (to name a few).
DiBonaventura is known for his huge budget action films, including executive producing credits on the likes of “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” the “Transformers” series, “Red (2) (3),” and “Salt (2).” He occasionally drops for a drama though, with the recent “Side Effects” starring Jude Law and Catherine Zeta-Jones, and the 2005 flick “Derailed” with Clive Owen and Jennifer Aniston.
Stay glued to the Tracking Board for updates on directing and casting assignments, as these two producers are sure to grab some A-list talent.