Trying to keep Al Pacino happy and avoid a major David Mamet brouhaha, Castle Rock Pictures has quietly put “American Buffalo” into turnaround.
The studio recently announced the pic, based on Mamet’s hit Broadway play, as part of its slate, with “Federal Hill” director Michael Corrente attached.
Pacino, who didn’t originate the role (Robert Duvall did it Off Broadway), starred in a critically acclaimed Broadway production in 1983, and apparently had some interest in translating it to a feature.
But sources say the thesp wanted helmer John Duigan to do the pic.
Castle Rock, which already is using Pacino in “City Hall,” didn’t want to irk the bankable star. But it was hogtied by the commitment to Corrente.
If Pacino decides he wants to make the pic with Corrente, then Castle Rock would consider taking it back. Otherwise, there’ll be no American buffaloes tramping among the castle rocks.