There is something to be said for Hollywood's practice of naming movies after popular songs, because I'm psyched about a new project titled "Sympathy for the Devil," solely on the basis of the fact that I'm a Rolling Stones fan. Never mind that it has nothing to do with the band, nor is it a first-person tale of Satan's influence on history, but I'm still at least partly sold on the name alone. And also partly because it involves Samuel L. Jackson dealing with motherf---ing demons in his motherf---ing city.
Latino Review received exclusive details about "Sympathy" directly from film company IM Global Octane ("Paranormal Activity"). Currently in pre-production, the movie will star Jackson and Josh Duhamel ("Transformers") as New Orleans lawyers caught in a battle between Heaven and Hell -- specifically warrior angels and demons. The full synopsis claims that the film, which mixes "'Angel Heart,' 'Pulp Fiction' and 'The Omen,'" is "sure to be controversial."
There's no real greenlight on this thing, though it does have a director: Boaz Yakin, of the very non-controversial films "Remember the Titans" and "Uptown Girls." He does have some background in horror though, just not as a director. He co-wrote the story for "From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money" and was an executive producer on the first two "Hostel" movies. Interestingly, he also has a "special thanks" credit on a horror flick with the Rolling Stones-inspired title "Gimme Skelter."
According to the source, the project is just waiting on additional funding through pre-sale of foreign and DVD rights. I'd also imagine the producers want to see how "Legion" does this weekend, as that film also deals with machine gun-toting angels and a potential apocalypse. Of course, "Sympathy" seems to be more of a horror film as compared to the action bent in "Legion," but the latter's success or lack thereof could still be influential on the future of an even slightly similar work.
Do you hope "Sympathy for the Devil" gets made? How awesome would it be to watch Samuel L. Jackson kicking demonic ass? Do you think Josh Duhamel is a worthy partner/co-star for Jackson?