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.

mamet__120821215742michael polishJoe 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.

Tato
4 months
Bring on Matt Damon. I believe he was in this play when he was a kid. Can...
Dixon Steele
4 months
Bingo on every count.
Bostonian
4 months
Twenty years too late. Silver and Mantegna were brilliant on Broadway. Doubt it will have the same...