Latino Review brings word that Samuel L. Jackson and Josh Duhamel are attached to star in a new pulpy thriller called Sympathy For The Devil. Not to be confused with a few other recent projects that share the same title, this Devil features Jackson and Duhamel as humans caught in the middle of a spiritual battle between heaven and hell.
The project is in early pre-production, so it will be a while before we see any photos or footage, but this sounds like another entry into the spiritual “end of the world” movies of the past few years (Knowing, Legion, even 1999’s End of Days). LR also mention that Remember The Titans director Boaz Yakin is set to direct. The script is already written (although we don’t know the writer yet), and apparently all that stands between the film and production is selling the distribution rights to secure funding.
Here’s the plot synopsis: Caught in the no-man’s land between Saturday night sin and Sunday morning redemption, Louisiana lawman Harlan Stark (Josh Duhamel) finds that his intervention into a spectacular crime –the bold attempt to assassinate a charismatic preacher –soon escalates into a cosmic confrontation between Heaven and Hell, where angels are warriors as dangerous as demons. Harlan and his loyal partner Jesse (Samuel L. Jackson) stand at the fulcrum between vengeful good and devious evil, with neither side showing anything like mercy. Harlan must find the courage to break the cycle, and reject fanatical revenge –yet he too finds himself transformed. Outrageous, violent and subversive, this new adventure in horror from the director of Remember the Titans is sure to be controversial. SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL blends the seductive sensuality of Angel Heart, the genre-bending audacity of Pulp Fiction and the relentless intensity of The Omen when all hell breaks loose in New Orleans and the sacred becomes as deadly as the profane.