Michael Polish to direct David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow movie
The film version of David Mamet’s play Speed-the-Plow has a director.
Michael Polish (The Astronaut Farmer) has signed on to direct the big-screen adaptation Mamet’s 1988 Hollywood satire, EW has confirmed. Mamet is adapting the script himself, and Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films and Winkler Films are producing the project, which was first announced in April 2015.
Speed-the-Plow follows the recently promoted movie mogul Bobby Gould. Desperate for a hit, he and his colleague Charlie Fox attempt to lure a major movie star from a rival studio, but when they get caught up in a bet they make about who will sleep with Karen, Gould’s temp secretary, they find out that Karen has ambitions of her own and isn’t so easily manipulated.
Joe Mantegna, Ron Silver, and Madonna starred in the original Broadway production, and a recent Broadway revival starred William H. Macy, Raul Esparza, and Elisabeth Moss. (Jeremy Piven dropped out of that version due to mercury poisoning, which led Mamet to quip, “My understanding is that he is leaving show business to pursue a career as a thermometer.”) In 2014, Lindsay Lohan starred in a West End production with Nigel Lindsay and Richard Schiff.
Deadline first reported the news.