×

Spyglass taps ‘Farm’ hands

Pacino, Farrell to star in suspense thriller

NEW YORK — Al Pacino and Colin Farrell have committed to star in Spyglass suspense thriller “The Farm,” with Jamie Foley in negotiations to direct them this November. Touchstone will distribute the film.

Pacino committed last Friday, which started the dealmaking process on a $5 million offer made to Farrell over a month ago. During a summer in which young stars Reese Witherspoon and Vin Diesel saw their salaries as much as quadruple, Farrell effectively doubles a $2.5 million price quote; that’s remarkable given that, unlike the other two, he hasn’t yet toplined a big hit. Farrell became a coveted actor off the small Joel Schumacher-directed ensemble drama “Tigerland,” which convinced studios he had the chops and looks to become a major young star.

He got the lead in the Schumacher-directed “Phone Booth” for Fox 2000, and then was cast to star alongside Bruce Willis in the Greg Hoblit-directed MGM WWII prison camp drama “Hart’s War.” If that wasn’t enough, Farrell then got the plum assignment of starring alongside Tom Cruise in the Steven Spielberg-directed Fox/DreamWorks drama “Minority Report” when Matt Damon fell out.

Farrell, who’ll next be seen topping the ensemble cast of the Morgan Creek Western “American Outlaws,” had “The Farm” atop a slew of offers, but only chose it when Pacino agreed to co-star.

“The Farm,” whose most recent draft came from scripter Mitch Glazer, revolves around a young CIA operative (Farrell) and his complicated relationship with a mentor (Pacino) who double crosses him. Spyglass partners Roger Birnbaum and Gary Barber are producing the film with Jeff Apple. Touchstone’s Nina Jacobson and Jeff Clifford are shepherding the project.

Pacino, who’ll next be seen in the Miramax-distributed “People I Know,” just wrapped “Insomnia,” the Alcon remake of the 1997 Norwegian film. The remake was helmed by “Memento” director Christopher Nolan and co-stars Robin Williams and Hilary Swank.

The actors and director are repped by CAA, with Farrell also repped by the Dublin-based Lisa Richards Agency.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • Samara Weaving and Adam Brody Big

    'Ready or Not': That Time Samara Weaving Hit Andie MacDowell in the Face

    Samara Weaving didn’t mean to hurt Andie MacDowell, but she did just that while they were rehearsing for their new horror dark comedy “Ready or Not.” “I hit Andie MacDowell in the face by accident,” Weaving says on this week’s episode of “The Big Ticket,” Variety and iHeart’s movie podcast. “It was horrible. It was [...]

  • Aracne

    Chile’s Sanfic, Mexico’s Morbido Fest Pact to Promote Latino Horror (EXCLUSIVE)

    Mexican horror festival Morbido and Chile’s Santiago Intl. Film Festival (Sanfic) have agreed on a long-term collaboration intended to strengthen the genre film industry in Chile and across Latin America. This partnership will see Morbido representatives attend the Sanfic industry section each year to aid in the promotion of horror projects and advise those projects [...]

  • Tom Holland'Spider-Man: Homecoming' film premiere, Arrivals,

    Tom Holland Addresses Spider-Man’s Studio Divorce at D23: ‘I Love You 3000’

    British actor Tom Holland showed face on the main stage at D23 on Saturday, in the thick of an ugly studio battle over the rights to his iconic Marvel character Spider-Man. Headlines have been rolling in for days about the contentious battle for the cinematic future of the hero, after Sony Pictures became unwilling to [...]

  • Soul Movie

    Pixar's 'Soul' Announces Voice Cast: Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey to Star

    Disney debuted a first look at upcoming Pixar film “Soul” at the D23 expo in Anaheim, Calif. and announced its star-studded voice cast. “Soul” imagines that every person on earth comes pre-installed with a soul formed and perfected in a cosmic realm. Jamie Foxx will play a middle-school music teacher on earth who dreams of [...]

  • Emma Stone Variety Actors on Actors

    First Look at Emma Stone in Disney's Live-Action 'Cruella' Drops

    Emma Stone’s Cruella de Vil is significantly more punk rock than her animated counterpart. Stone appeared via video message to debut the first look of the titular character in Disney’s “Cruella” at D23 on Saturday, also revealing that it will take place in the punk rock era of the 1970s. In the first photo, Stone [...]

  • ‘Mulan’ Star Skips D23 Press Amid

    'Mulan' Star Crystal Yifei Liu Skips D23 Amid International Controversy

    Crystal Yifei Liu, the star of Disney’s live action remake of “Mulan,” skipped the press line and Disney panel at Disney’s D23 expo Saturday in the heat of the #BoycottMulan controversy. Unlike the other portions of the Saturday Disney panel, which featured both stars and directors for the other films presented, the “Mulan” panel was [...]

  • Marvel Stars Want Tom Holland's Spider-Man

    Marvel Stars Want to Keep Tom Holland's Spider-Man in the MCU

    Marvel fans aren’t the only ones heartbroken that Tom Holland’s Spider-Man might not be in the Marvel Cinematic Universe anymore. “It really is sad. First off, he’s the greatest Spider-Man to me. He actually has that youthful energy,” Elizabeth Olsen, who plays Scarlet Witch in the MCU, told Variety at D23 on Friday. “He’s been [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content