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Just as his new film The 15:17 to Paris chugs into theaters, Clint Eastwood is circling THE MULE at Warner Bros. and Imperative Entertainment, the Tracking Board has exclusively learned. The Hollywood legend plans to direct, produce and star as 90-year-old drug courier Leo Sharp, according to multiple sources.

The New York Times Magazine ran a story on Sharp in June 2014, and by November that same year, Imperative had acquired the article by Sam Dolnick, and tapped Ruben Fleischer (Gangster Squad) to direct and produce the film. At the time, Deadline reported that the producers were looking for a writer to tell this peculiar story, and oh, what a story it is!

Sharp was an award-winning horticulturist and decorated WWII veteran known for his prized day lilies when he was busted for running drugs for Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel, and sent to prison at the age of 90. He was transporting $3 million worth of cocaine through Michigan in his beat-up old pickup truck when he was arrested by the DEA. Sharp was sentenced to just three years after his lawyer argued that his client’s dementia sent him down the wrong path.

We’ve heard that Eastwood’s Gran Torino scribe Nick Schenk wrote the initial draft of the script, which has since been rewritten by Weeds writer Dave Holstein.

Should Eastwood officially sign on, he would likely produce via his Malpaso banner along with Imperative’s Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas. The Mule is expected to be Eastwood’s next film at Warner Bros., which has been the filmmaker’s home for years, and will release The 15:17 to Paris on Feb. 9.

 

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31 minutes ago, CoolioD1 said:

if it's shooting next month clint will have it released before the year's finished guaranteed.

I imagine they'll need to get it wrapped before Cooper goes for press for A Star is Born.

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Just now, Jonwo said:

I imagine they'll need to get it wrapped before Cooper goes for press for A Star is Born.

most clint eastwood movies are shot pretty quickly unless it's something a little more ambitious like american sniper. million dollar baby shot for four weeks in June and was released that december i could see this following that sort of production schedule.

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3 minutes ago, CoolioD1 said:

most clint eastwood movies are shot pretty quickly unless it's something a little more ambitious like american sniper. million dollar baby shot for four weeks in June and was released that december i could see this following that sort of production schedule.

American Sniper wasn't that long a shoot, it was 44 days. Sully took longer because of the plane crash sequence and VFX. 

 

Gran Torino had a similar length shoot to Million Dollar Baby, it's impressive how efficient Eastwood is and probably why he's had a such a long working relationship with Warner Bros

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46 minutes ago, Jonwo said:

I imagine WB will release it in December say Christmas Day in limited release followed by a wide release in January. 

 

Wouldn't surprise me. I think that's what was done with American Sniper tbh.

 

Many of the current Oscar candidates don't necessarily seem like films that would usually get nominated (at least to me), so Warner Bros might have a very good opportunity here.

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Just now, Slambros said:

 

Wouldn't surprise me. I think that's what was done with American Sniper tbh.

 

Many of the current Oscar candidates don't necessarily seem like films that would usually get nominated (at least to me), so Warner Bros might have a very good opportunity here.

Gran Torino also had the same release pattern

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The Warner Bros. thriller will open on December 14, 2018 in wide release.

 

Ah yes, because we need another December movie this year.

 

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The film is seen as more of a commercial effort. It’s not expected to be a major Oscar contender.

Sure Jan.

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6 minutes ago, CoolEric258 said:

 

 

Ah yes, because we need another December movie this year.

 

Sure Jan.

 

So from the 14th to the 21st, these movies will open in wide release or expand to wide release:

  • The Mule
  • Mortal Engines
  • Animated Spider-Man
  • Second Act
  • Mary, Queen of Scots
  • Mary Poppins
  • Aquaman
  • Bumblebee
  • Alita
  • Holmes and Watson
  • Welcome to Marwen
  • On the Basis of Sex

That's a ridiculous number of wide releases even for Christmas. The fight for screens will be crazy and all pre-holiday holdovers will die. Aquaman will get IMAX and PLF, Alita shares IMAX, Bumblebee and Poppins will get some PLFs. Mortal Engines seriously needs to get out of dodge, it will be dumped from IMAX and PLF screens within 5 days and lose more screens as the holidays go on. There is an open slot in January created  by Hellboy moving.

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