It seems that Django Unchained has created fast friends between superstars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx. The duo is set to re-team for the crime story Mean Business on North Ganson Street, a film based on an as-yet unpublished novel of the same name written by S. Craig Zahler.
Deadline has the report that DiCaprio and Foxx will be a couple of somewhat hard-boiled detectives sent to a small town where crime is on the rise. Zahler will adapt his own novel for the screen and DiCaprio’s production company, Appian Way, will spearhead the film.
The tale starts off with a bang: DiCaprio is a hardened detective who, after being told by a man that his beautiful wife is missing, tells him she is a hooker who obviously made off with his money. After the man commits a desperate tragic act right in the squad room, the disgraced detective is sent to a hellhole rust belt town called Victory, Missouri, where violent crime is skyrocketing. Partnered with an equally bad-assed detective who was demoted for publicly brutalizing a suspect (Foxx), the new partners get to do some real work. Police officers start showing up dead execution-style, and the cops think it might be open season on Victory’s police department.
This really sounds like a promising project. DiCaprio seems to be taking some edgier roles of late and it suits him nicely. Hopefully we’ll get to see the two actors play off of each other in a similar manner to Django.
DiCaprio recently has stated that after this year, he’d be stepping away from acting for a while. But just a couple of months later, he was confirmed to both produce and star in a film based on Grigori Rasputin’s life (and hopefully epic death) and now we get word of this.
This is obviously in the very early stages of production, but one is forced to ask: where does Mean Business fall into that plan? And was that claim ever for real to begin with?
I, for one, hope it isn’t.
DiCaprio is one of our most talented working actors in the industry today and seeing him take a step back for even a couple of years would be a detriment to film quality in general.
Mean Business has no director as of yet (although, if you’re like me, Martin Scorsese instantly comes to mind), but you can be sure FlickSided will be following this porduction very closely in the coming months and we’ll keep you posted when we get more news on it.
In the meantime, you can catch DiCaprio in his upcoming fifth collaboration with Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street on November 15, 2013 and Foxx in the recently released White House Down.