Pacino Eyes Lead Role in Adaptation of Gladwell’s ‘Blink’

The Hollywood Reporter has a story regarding a film I am purely interested in only because Stephen Gaghan is aboard as writer and director. Gaghan penned the script for Traffic and wrote and directed Syriana in 2005, two films that don’t necessarily lend perfectly to what it sounds like will be attempted with the filmed adaptation of Malcolm Gladwell’s nonfiction bestseller “Blink”, but at the same time it makes the proposition that much more interesting.

First off, Gaghan’s script will center on the relationship between an older man and the twenty something son he was never close to. The two reconnect early on in the pic, and the boy, an idealistic drifter who’s teaching in a downtown New York school, and the father, a finance type living in Connecticut, must navigate their new relationship.

THR’s Steven Zeitchik describes the rest of the story as “Scent of a Woman with a finance-y twist” as the son has that “blink” thing going, and can size up people and situations on a dime. The father character spots this, and both wants to help the boy find himself and use him to make some dough on Wall Street. Sounds a little bit like Rain Man if you ask me, just taking place on Wall Street instead of in Vegas. Oh, and without the autism.

Lined up for the role as the father is Al Pacino, who is currently in talks for the part, and Zeitchik says there is a surprising “tween appeal” surrounding the role of the son, which immediately makes me think we are talking about Zac Efron or Robert Pattinson.

Word is the script is ready to go and a few pieces need to slide into place as the film will be shopped around the Cannes Film Festival this May and should things work out it will go into production this fall.


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