EXCLUSIVE: Michael Polish has been set to direct Speed-The-Plow, the screen adaptation of David Mamet’s play about Hollywood. The film is being produced by Emmett/Furla/Oasis’s Randall Emmett & George Furla, and Irwin Winkler of Winkler Films. Mamet wrote the script, in which newly minted studio chief Bobby Gould is under pressure to deliver a hit. His longtime colleague Charlie Fox gifts him with one that will enable the studio chief to land a superstar who always works for the competition. This leads the men to Karen, an attractive temp secretary, and a bet on who’ll bed her. Turns out she is a lot smarter than they think and has an angle of her own.
Joe Mantegna, Ron Silver and Madonna starred in the original 1988 Broadway play, and Lindsay Lohan played Karen in a 2014 revival on London’s West End. The Fyzz Facility’s Wayne Marc Godfrey will executive produce with Robert Halmi Jr. and Jim Reeve of Great Point Media. Casting is underway for a July 30 start. Polish just worked with Emmett/Furla on 90 Minutes in Heaven, which Samuel Goldwyn Films released last year. Emmett, Furla and Winkler are producers on the Martin Scorsese-directed Silence, which is in post-production, and E/F/O just wrapped the Elliott Lester-directed 478 with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Scoot McNairy, and the Bruce Willis starrer Marauders.
Polish is repped by CAA and Gotham Group.