...and if you thought that it was only the 'lucky' Freida Pinto who's cashing and bagging in all the big Hollywood films, then you better re-think because here's why!
So what's the first thing a journalist would do when he hears the 'Breaking News' coming all the way from Hollywood? We all know, don't we? Well, I happened to text my dear friend Anil Kapoor. Read on!
Breaking News has just come in from the other side of the ocean that acclaimed director / writer Roger Donaldson (Hungry Rabbit Jumps, The Bank Job, The Recruit) has locked in his next directorial project titled Cities which will star Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Clive Owen (Duplicity, Inside Man, Children Of Men, Closer) and our very own Anil Kapoor.
This is Anil Kapoor's second big Hollywood film that he has bagged after getting famous in the West with his Oscar winning movie Slumdog Millionaire. Anil will soon be seen rubbing shoulders with Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol and will also be filming the financial thriller, Cities, produced by Matthew Metcalfe (Dean Spanley, Love Birds) and Chris Curling (Hannibal Rising, The Last Station).
The film is set to roll come October 2011 in multiple cities that will include London, Mumbai and New York.
Cities is a cautionary tale about greed and ambition that takes place in the exuberant months leading up to the Dow Jones all-time stock market high. Fortunes, both big and small are put at risk as people around the globe gamble that the financial market's meteoric rise will continue. In New York, a hedge fund manager has everything he wants - money, sex and power, but he wants more. In London, a young couple just wants to buy their first home, but it seems impossibly out of reach. In Mumbai, a cop fights against corruption between property speculators and his colleagues. These stories will all dramatically collide in a world where the fortunes of individuals are interwoven with the lives of others across the globe they have never even met.
Donaldson co-wrote the script from an original script titled 'Extreme Cities', written by Glen Wilhide.
"Cities is a project that I am very enthusiastic about", commented Donaldson. "Set in the great cities of the world, this film will tell a story for our time while also being a relevant, dramatic, exciting and a highly watchable movie."
Roger Donaldson's drama thriller Hungry Rabbit Jumps starring Nicolas Cage, Guy Pearce and January Jones is currently in post-production slated for a 2011 release. Working with some of the industry's leading actors, Donaldson has directed over sixteen films including box office hits No Way Out, The Recruit, Thirteen Days, Dante's Peak, The Bounty, The Getaway, The Bank Job, Species and Cocktail. Donaldson both wrote and directed the acclaimed film The World's Fastest Indian starring Anthony Hopkins.
Lisa Wilson's Parlay Films will handle international sales for the film and will debut the project at the upcoming Cannes Film Market. UTA's Independent Film Group helped to package the film and structure the financing, and will represent domestic rights with CAA.
All we can say is that our mighty hearted Anil Kapoor seems to have begun his international innings in style. Up, up and away he flies in Hollywood. Congratulations Anil!