David Mamet’s 1988 stage play Speed-The-Plow, which takes a satirical look at the American movie business, will head to the silver screen, according to Deadline. Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films, Winkler Films, and The Fyzz Facility have teamed to produce Mamet’s adaptation of the play, and Mamet will adapt the script himself.
The play’s original Broadway cast included Joe Mantegna, Rob Silver, and Madonna, and its recent run on London West starred Lindsay Lohan, Richard Schiff, and Nigel Lindsay. Alicia Silverstone appeared in a 2006 revival of the play in Los Angeles, and William H. Macy and Elizabeth Moss took the lead in a Broadway revival in 2008-09.
Speed-The-Plow follows two longtime colleagues in the film industry as they try to land a big-time star who typically works for their competitor. Along the way, they get tangled up with an attractive secretary and make a bet on who can sleep with her first. But she has her own goal of making it in Hollywood and fools both men.
Speed-The-Plow received Tony Award nominations for Best Play and Best Direction of a Play after its 1988 debut, and Silver won the Tony for Best Actor (Play) for his role in the original staging.