David Mamet is set to turn his own 1988 Tony-nominated, Hollywood-skewering stage play “Speed-The-Plow” into a feature film for Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films, Winkler Films & The Fyzz Facility. Mamet will adapt the script for the work which boasts two lead male and one lead female roles.
The story follows newly appointed studio chief Bobby Gould who is under pressure to deliver a hit. His longtime colleague Charlie Fox gives him a tip that will enrich Fox and enable him to land a superstar at a rival studio.
But as the men discuss, they involve an attractive temp secretary who becomes the subject of a bet between them. Turns out she has her own angle to rise up the Hollywood ladder, and manipulates both of them.
Joe Mantegna, Ron Silver and Madonna were the stars of the original Broadway hit, and the play scored a recent successful revival on London’s West End. Others to have performed the work include the likes of William H. Macy, Kevin Spacey, Jeff Goldblum, Alfred Molina, Lindsay Lohan, Alicia Silverstone and Elizabeth Moss.
Irwin Winkler, Wayne Marc Godfrey, Randall Emmett and George Furla will produce.