William Monahan, a Boston scribe and one of Hollywood’s best screenwriters, will direct his debut film, “London Boulevard,” this summer. The movie stars Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley.
Monahan won a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar in 2007 for “The Departed,” which was so good and so different from its source material (“Infernal Affairs,” made in China) is might as well have been considered an original screenplay.
I’ve always been a fan of Farrell, who gets a bad rap for kind of being a douche sometimes. But that dude is a movie star in the same way Tom Cruise is. You don’t take your eyes off him when he’s on screen. He’s been in a ton of duds, but he’s also been in some lesser-known, great movies like Woody Allen’s “Cassandra’s Dream” and Terrance Malick’s “The New World,” which would easily be a lesser director’s masterpiece. Farrell is very good in both of them.
Keira Knightley? She’s Keira Knightley. Watch Joe Wright’s version of “Pride & Prejudice” and know the truth: she’s the best actress I can think of in her 20s. That chick projects to the rafters. And then watch “Atonement.” Christ.
This movie is going to be sick.
If you want to know more about it, read the story in Variety. Suffice it to say, it’s a bit of a cliche, the story. Farrell plays a guy just released from jail who tries to escape his previous life as a gangster while working as a handyman for a London actress (Knightley).
Whatevs. Monahan will knock that shit out.