Mann will be teaming up with Paul Haggis (The Next Three Days, Crash), who was initially to direct the film but had to pull out to focus on other projects. Haggis is now going to be producing the film, alongside man and Michael Nozik, who worked with Haggis producing The Next Three Days.
Gold will be,
“a contemporary thriller in the vein of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, set around a ruthless search for the precious metal.”
I have to admit, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) is a little bit before my time, and it’s not something I can say I’ve ever seen. But it was directed by the wildly popular John Huston, and stars that little-known actor, Humphrey Bogart, and with an 8.5/10 rating on IMDb, you can’t go too wrong.
The film has been scripted by Patrick Massett and John Zinman, who together wrote the screenplay for the 2001 Lara Croft: Tomb Raider movie, and more recently have written and co-executive produced TV’s Friday Night Lights and The Chicago Code. The pair clearly work incredibly well together, and for Mann and Haggis to have both seen something they liked in the script, I think we’ve got every reason to expect another brilliant Mann-directed film to be coming our way. It’s still early days yet, and no cast has yet been attached, but I’m really hoping that this will start to be developed sooner rather than later.