Thursday, April 18, 2024

David Mamet — Now a Trumper — to Make First Film in a Decade, About JFK Being Killed by Chicago Mob, with Pacino, Travolta, La Beouf

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What could go wrong?

David Mamet, the once popular playwright and director, is coming back after 10 years.

He’s going to make a movie about the Chicago mob rubbing out President John F. Kennedy. It’s called “Assassination.” Here’s the description: “1963. During a crucial justice hearing against organized crime, the head of the Chicago mob orders the assassination of President John F. Kennedy Jr., creating a deadly conspiracy while altering the fate of a nation.”

The movie will star Al Pacino, John Travolta, Courtney Love, and Shia La Beouf. Also, Mamet’s wife, Rebecca Pidgeon. This is some group. It will be like herding cats.

No word whether Mamet has cast his actress daughter, Zosia.

In the decade since Mamet last worked on a film, he revealed himself to be ardently right wing. This shocked a lot of people, but also made the author of “Glengarry Glen Ross” and “Speed the Plow,” as well as “State and Maine,” not quite as popular as before.

Mamet actually told The Guardian in 2022 that “Trump did a good job” as president, and that he didn’t disagree that the 2020 election was rigged.

How a Mamet film will be met now is certainly up in the air. But then again, Mel Gibson is directing a new movie, too, written by a Jewish screenwriter. All bets are off in Hollywood.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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