Motor City has been on my radar for quite some time for one big reason: it’s a revenge thriller that reportedly only has one line of dialogue in the entire film. But that was early on in the process, and as anyone who’s been around the industry knows, projects change all the time. As of right now, nobody can accurately say whether that gimmick has stayed in tact all the way through this point in development, but now that Gary Oldman is attached, at least we don’t have to be worried if it turns into a talker.
Albert Hughes is ditching his brother to go solo behind the camera on this one. The pair co-directed Oldman and Denzel Washington in The Book of Eli, and now The Hollywood Reporter says Oldman is on board with Motor City to add another villain role to his resume. Dominic Cooper (The Devil’s Double, Captain America) is starring along with Amber Heard in the movie, “about a small-time hood who is framed and sent to prison, only to exact revenge years later to get back the woman he loves.” Oldman is the “kingpin-type” who has the woman in his grasp.
Sounds like another The Count of Monte Cristo re-telling for the modern day. I’m fine with that – Monte Cristo is one of my favorite stories, and I’m always down for seeing fresh takes on classic tales. Hopefully the whole “one line of dialogue” thing sticks through to the end, because that would truly make the movie stand out among its competitors. I’m grasping at straws here, but maybe with The Artist doing well, audiences will be more willing to sit through a basically silent film? Yeah, you’re right – probably not. But here’s hoping. Filming begins in April.