by: S. Scott Stanikmas
UPDATE 11/11/14 – A lawsuit has been filed to stop the Jake Gyllenhaal / Antoine Fuqua cartel film The Man Who Made It Snow. Apparently Randall Emmett and George Furla’s production company Emmett/Furla Oasis Films are claiming that they had an agreement with screenwriter Brett Tabor to distribute the film.
The lawsuit goes on to say that the project has been in development for years, but has been shelved due to other projects from both parties. Tabor is now being accused of going behind Emmett/Furla Oasis Films collective back and working out an agreement with IM Global for financing and distribution of the film.
The film is now currently on hold until this matter can be resolved. We will keep you updated when a decision has been rendered.
Antoine Fuqua and Jake Gyllenhaal just finished shooting the film Southpaw together and already their planning their next project together. According to Deadline the duo will both be producing the film The Man Who Made It Snow.
Fuqua will also be directing the true crime picture which is based on the life of Max Mermelstein, who was a Jewish hotel engineer. Mermelstein was instrumental in helping drug kingpin Pablo Ecsobar turn his Medellin Cartel from a small time operation into a billion dollar enterprise. Gyllenhaal will star as Mermelstein.
The project, which originally had the title Let It Snow, will be based on a screenplay written by Brett Tabor and Michael Kingston. The duo wrote the screenplay from Mermelstein’s autobiography.
Gyllenhaal is coming off rave reviews for his recent film Nightcrawler, where he played morally ambiguous video journalist Lou Bloom. Fuqua is a master at gritty crime movies where no one is totally clean and the world is many different shades of gray. The new project sounds like something right up both their respective alleys.