David Mamet is set to direct his scripted adaptation of his own scathing 1988 stage play “Speed-The-Plow”. Michael Polish was originally slated to helm the project, but has had to exit with Mamet taking over.
The play follows newly minted studio chief Bobby Gould, who 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 far smarter than they think, has an angle of her own and is not above stepping on them to climb the ladder. Joe Mantegna, Ron Silver and Madonna starred in the original play.
Randall Emmett, George Furla, and Irwin Winkler will produce and shooting is slated to begin in February.