It’s that time again! Time to turn in my contribution to another great game hosted by Castor at Anomalous Material! The last Movie Fantasy Pitch involved choosing a cast and coming up with my own movie to pitch to a studio! (Click here to read my movie pitch entitled Eye for an Eye from the last game. It starred Kate Beckinsale, Aaron Eckhart, and more, with Ridley Scott directing!)
This time around, the game revolved more around bidding wars for the cast. Here’s how it worked:
“You are a producer with a hot movie script which has been green-lit by the studio and it’s time for you to find your dream director and cast. The budget for your principal talent is $50 million and not one penny more. You will engage in bidding wars with competing producers to get the services of the actors and directors you want for your movie! As your funds dwindle, difficult decisions will have to be made.”
(Click here to see who bid what for whom if you wish to see how it all worked.) Some of the cast I had to make high bids for in order to acquire, but when it was all said and done, the cast chosen was the cast assembled! After the cast was made it became time to put them to work. Below is my movie pitch along with the cast for it.
This time around, instead of creating my own movie, I decided to take a pre-existing one and re-cast it! For your contemplative pleasure TheScarletSp1der, along with RED WEB PRODUCTIONS proudly presents to you director Ben Affleck’s version of The Departed. (Hollywood loves to do remakes, so why not!) The Departed, afterall is a remake in and of itself. 🙂
The Departed (Affleck Remake)
Director Ben Affleck (in place of Martin Scorsese)- chosen for his love of Boston, Dramatization of a story, and to pitch experience vs. youth.
Based in…Boston. Surprise!! -Affleck’s location of choice and true to the original.
Ryan Reynolds as Billy Costigan (in place of Leonardo DiCaprio) -chosen as a believable “good” cop and acting. Also just as talkative!
Ben Affleck as Colin Sullivan (in place of Matt Damon) -Affleck to direct himself as the questionable Colin Sullivan.
Brian Cox as Frank Costello (in place of Jack Nicholson) -If anyone can play an evil crime boss in lieu of Nicholson, it’s Cox!
Samuel L Jackson as Capt. Queenan (in place of Martin Sheen) -as the ever-pursuant veteran police captain, with a personal vendetta to close up shop on crime.
Greta Gerwig as Madolyn (in place of Vera Farmiga) -chosen to play the professional department psychologist in the middle of a love triangle.
Clive Owen as Capt. Ellerby (in place of Alec Baldwin) -tall, authoritative, passionate. Perfect for the role.
Mark Ruffalo as Staff Sgt. Dignam (in place of Mark Wahlberg) -Ruffalo has been sinking his teeth into bigger parts lately. He can be calm and collected as well as forceful, angry, obsessive, and mean. (We’ll undoubtedly see that in The Avengers as he plays both Bruce Banner AND The Hulk.)
Sofia Vergara as Gwen (in place of Kristen Dalton) -I felt that Frank Costello should’ve had an even hotter girlfriend. Don’t get me wrong, the redheaded Kristen Dalton- gorgeous! But, let’s take it up a notch for this remake! 🙂
- Famke Janssen -Capt. Queenan’s wife -character not present in The Departed. Included to make Capt. Queenan more than just 2-dimensional.
- Stan Lee -Cameo as Taxi Driver (I have always wanted to see Stan Lee cameo as a taxi driver. It’s my movie, so I’m putting him in it!) 🙂
- The remainder of the cast can stay the same: Anthony Anderson, Ray Winstone, David O’Hara, James Badge Dale, etc.
The main difference with Affleck’s remake as opposed to the original (aside from cast): I wish to produce basically the exact same movie, short of a few details…Mainly consisting of further character devolopment.
- More of a story between Madolyn and Costigan and Sullivan.
- More background on Staff Sgt. Dignam,
- More insight into what drives the seasoned Capt. Queenan.
This remake would focus on giving a little more background development for both the crucial and supplemental characters, thus increasing the portrayal of the sense of drive and passion within them.
One thing I felt was lacking in The Departed: a better connection between several of the characters. Affleck, in his deep dramatic filmmaking, will draw that out of his characters for an even greater well-rounded story. Not just an assumed relationship built between Dignam and Queenan, or Costigan and Queenan, or Costello and Gwen. I also included a wife for Queenan to show a cop with a family and a “normal” life. None of the good, honest policemen in the film have that “normalcy” developed for them. These elements are necessary in The Departed because 1-not all cops are single, 2-not all cops are dirty, 3-everyone has something that drives them so, let’s explore that!
- Make Costigan have to get his hands dirty as an undercover cop!
- Create more of a chase between the good guys and the bad guys: For as much of a cat-and-mouse game movie The Departed is, there should be more of that essence.
All of these slight changes will increase the attachment the audience feels with the characters. That way, by the end, it’s not just the shock-and-awe of it that grips you, but an emotional sense of attachment, justification, and loss grips you as well, bringing a greater all-around feeling for the movie and characters. Better closure for the viewer.
Well, that is the movie pitch from Red Web Productions! What do you think? Would you watch a remake of The Departed with the proposed cast and crew? What would you change…if anything?
*OH! and 1 other thing! I would edit the amount of language in the film! This film uses the “f” word or something close to it over 237 times! (The most ever used by a film to win an Oscar!) A bit much I’d say!
This is a contest, and I am up against some stiff competition. There are a total of 21 “Production Studios” involved! We’ll see who wins! PLEASE be sure to visit HERE and read the other amazing pitches and then vote for the one that you liked!
Thank for reading! Happy Watching!
up next: Trailer Time Thursday!