James Mangold Re-Teams with Matt Damon to Adapt Don Winslow Novel ‘The Force’

Hot off four Oscar nominations for Ford v Ferrari, director James Mangold has lined up yet another new project.

Mangold is teaming with Matt Damon once again for an adaptation of Don Winslow’s acclaimed novel The Force. Mangold has been developing the project with the intent to direct for 20th Century Studios.

The original report, which comes as an exclusive from Deadline, notes that the film has the potential to act as Mangold’s ode to one of his favourite filmmakers, Sidney Lumet, who was known to direct stories like this.

The Force follows Denny Malone, a highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant and the real leader of “Da Force.” Malone and his crew are the smartest, the toughest, the quickest, the bravest and the baddest, an elite unit given unrestricted authority to wage war on gangs, drugs and guns. What many don’t know is that Malone and his gang are corrupt, stealing from drug busts, and bending the rules far too often.

Now Malone is caught in a trap and being squeezed by the feds, and he must walk the thin line between betraying his brothers and partners, the Job, his family and the woman he loves, trying to survive, body and soul, while the city teeters on the brink of a racial conflagration that could destroy them all.

Damon is attached to play Malone, with no other casting revealed at this time.

The first script draft was by David Mamet, but Mangold has been working on the rewrite with Scott Frank, his co-writer on Logan. Scott Free’s Ridley Scott, The Story Factory’s Shane Salerno and Kevin Walsh are producing.

The Force marks the second project Mangold has set up at the Disney-owned 20th Century Studios. It was recently announced that Mangold would helm a Bob Dylan-biopic with Timothee Chalamet in the lead role. That film, titled Going Electric, will follow Dylan in 1965 when he scoffed at the expectation he would be folk music’s next prophet and instead embraced rock n roll and the electric guitar.

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