Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx shared the screen for the first time in Tarantino’s exceptional film, Django Unchained, and now Warner Brothers have smartly got the pair working together again in a violent crime thriller.
Deadline is reporting that in his first major deal since being promoted to run Warner Brothers, Greg Silverman has acquired the rights to S. Craig Zahler’s upcoming novel Mean Business on North Ganson Street. The novel is still being shopped to publishers, but Zahler will adapt the script for Warners.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx are set to star in the film, with DiCaprio playing a hardened detective, and Foxx playing a brutalized suspect who may be killing off local cops. DiCaprio’s Appian Way studio will be producing the non Warner side of things.
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.