Nicolas Cage is currently in negotiations to topline “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent” which Lionsgate has just snagged after a fierce bidding war with HBO Max and Paramount Pictures.
Should Cage’s deal close, he’ll play actor Nicolas Cage who is desperate to get a role in a new Tarantino movie while also dealing with a mountain of debt and a strained relationship with his teenage daughter.
This Cage also occasionally talks to an egotistical 1990s version of himself who rides him for making too many crappy movies and for not being a star anymore.
The story begins when he finds himself forced to make an appearance at the birthday party of a Mexican billionaire fan who secretly hopes to show him a script on which he’s been working on.
Cage is informed by the CIA that the billionaire is actually a drug cartel kingpin who has kidnapped the daughter of a Mexican presidential nominee, and is recruited by the U.S. government to get intelligence.
The situation spirals even more out of control when the Mexican brings over Cage’s daughter and his ex-wife for a reconciliation, and when their lives are on the line, Cage takes on the role of a lifetime.
Tom Gormican and Kevin Etten penned the script and Gormican (“That Awkward Moment”) is attached to direct. Kevin Turen (“Waves”) and Mike Nilon will produce the film. Interest in the project is reportedly so high that Cage could well achieve the kind of payday he hasn’t had since “National Treasure” or “Con Air”.
Source: Heat Vision