Al Pacino is in talks to play a lead role in the Stephen Gaghan-helmed adaptation of the US bestseller Blink. Written by Malcolm Gladwell, Blink makes the intriguing case for ‘thin-slicing’ – the theory that spontaneous decisions are often better than more considered ones.
Pacino will play the estranged father of an idealistic teacher from downtown New York. The two reconnect early in the piece with Pacino persuading the boy to use his ‘blinking’ skills to make a tonne of cash on Wall Street. The script, which is being touted to distributors at Cannes, is described as Scent Of A Woman meets Wall Street.
The once-great Pacino hasn’t made a hit movie since er, hmm… well, it’s been a while, so we’ve got fingers crossed for a return to form. Gaghan, of course, is the screenwriter-cum-director behind the brilliantly mind-bending Syriana, so it’s safe to expect an intelligent, thoughtful piece of filmmaking.
Phil de Semlyen
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