Director-writer David Mamet is set to direct a feature film adaptation of his 1988 play SPEED-THE-PLOW. The original, brutal story about Hollywood was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play and Best Direction of a Play.
The story centers around Bobby Gould, a new studio executive who’s facing pressure to deliver a hit when his colleague Charlie Fox makes him a proposition for a new project with a big superstar. Enter Karen, an attractive temp secretary, and Fox bets Gould $500 that he can’t seduce her. However, neither man realizes that Karen has her own ambitions and isn’t afraid of stepping on them to climb up the Hollywood latter.
In the original play, Joe Mantegna played Gould, Ron Silver played Fox (and won a Tony Award for Best Actor), and Madonna played Karen. It has been revived many times, with the most recent in 2014 on the West End with Lindsay Lohan as Karen.
The film is set up as Lionsgate, with Randall Emmett, George Furla, and Irwin Winkler producing for Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films and Winkler Films. Wayne Marc Godfrey will executive produce with Robert Halmi Jr. and Jim Reeve.
Mamet is also writing the screenplay for the adaptation. His last time directing was 2008’s Redbelt. He also has several other projects in development, including directing Whistle, starring Edward Norton and Billy Bob Thornton, and writing the scripts for Blackbird, Come Back to Sorrento, and The Cincinnati Kid.
He is repped by ICM and The Agency in the U.K.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor
This news was first reported by Deadline.