James Mangold And Scott Frank Re-Team For ‘The Force’

The success last year of “Logan” brought about many things worth celebrating. A comic book film finally got a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination. Filmmaker James Mangold finally became an Academy Award nominee. Scribe Scott Frank returned to the world of Oscar nominations. Plus, there was the whole part where the movie was terrific. Now, one other positive can be taken from it, in that Frank and Mangold are teaming up again for a project that gets them both back to basics. It’s a cop thriller called “The Force,” which should be exciting news for anyone who enjoys either of their back catalogs.

Based on the book of the same name by Don Winslow, Deadline is reporting that Frank has been hired to pen a new screenplay for the adaptation, with Mangold set to direct. The first draft was written by none other than David Mamet, so there’s some series talent at hand here. The book was highly regarded and has always been looked at as a big-time film in the making. IMDb describes the plot as such:

A corrupt New York cop working for the department’s elite crime-fighting squad is forced to choose between his family, his fellow officers and his life.

As you may recall, Mangold once upon a time made an underrated classic in “Cop Land,” while Frank scored his first Academy Award nomination for “Out of Sight.” As such, both are familiar with the world of uniformed officials and lawbreakers. “The Force” seems like it could be either a huge studio outing or even a potential awards player, so it’s one to watch out for. Frank and Mangold made an excellent team, so another collaboration is decidedly a good thing.

20th Century Fox aims to release “The Force” on March 1st, 2019. Stay tuned for more.


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When he’s not obsessing over new Oscar predictions on a weekly basis, Joey is seeing between 300 and 350 movies a year. He views the best in order to properly analyze the awards race/season each year, but he also watches the worst for reasons he mostly sums up as "so you all don't have to". In his spare time, you can usually find him complaining about the Jets or the Mets. Still, he lives and dies by film. Joey's a voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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