CATEGORIES CinematicalRidley Scott, who will probably avoid romantic comedy after A Good Year, is busy getting back to the kinds of projects he does best. His highly anticipated American Gangster, with Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington, will be released this November. Just last week, Jessica brought you news on his next project, which is now called Penetration. (Sadly, it is not an epic porno). That film will star Leonardo DiCaprio, and is a political drama about a former journalist injured in the Iraq war who is hired by the CIA to track down an Al Qaeda leader. White-hot screenwriter William Monahan, who also wrote Scott's Kingdom of Heaven, is adapting the screenplay from David Ignatius' novel -- Body of Lies. And after that Scott will direct an adaptation of Child 44, British television writer Tom Rob Smith's debut novel.
The thriller is set in Stalinist Russia and the story centers on "an officer in the secret police who is framed by a colleague for treason. On the run with his emotionally estranged wife, he stumbles upon a series of child killings and launches his own rogue investigation, even though it means risking his own capture." Rogue investigations? Emotional estrangement? Child killings? Alright, Ridley, you got me! The novel won't be released until 2008, and is said to leave open the possibility of a sequel. I can't imagine Ridley Scott would approve of the picture I chose to represent him for this article, so let me make it up to him by recommending one of his more underrated movies: White Squall. Great flick, and one not a lot of people have seen.