The Gambler, originally made by Karel Reisz in 1974, found James Caan as a literature professor whose gambling addiction lands him in trouble with his girlfriend his family, and, possibly most dangerously, some nasty gangsters. James Toback wrote the original script (and is apparently none too happy with the idea of a remake), with William Monahan set to handle scripting duties this time.
Both Martin Scorsese and Todd Phillips have flirted with directing this one, but now Wyatt might just settle on it as his Apes follow-up, even as he develops the Birdsong adaptation further.
Yet might another, even bigger assignment get in the way? While recent rumours have floated about Wyatt being the front-runner for the director’s chair on Star Trek 3, J.J. Abrams spoke to HitFix and added more fuel to the fire (albeit in that non-committal Abrams way) by saying he thought team Star Trek would be lucky to have him. So make of that what you will. Given his busy schedule on the other Star franchise, Abrams is seemingly set to simply produce this time around, so he’ll certainly have a say in who gets the gig. But until there’s something more official to say, consider this one floating in rumour space, with the true identity of the next Trek director as cloaked as a stealthy Romulan Warbird.