Many of you have asked for an update on the King of Sting movie..
I’ve been working towards the making of a film on my life since 1981. And if you’ve read my book, KING OF STING, you know the story. However, since most of you haven’t, I’ll fill you in on what’s going on today.
A quick history: In 1981 I wrote a treatment and query letter about my life and sent it to about 20 agents and book companies that I found in library. Good luck, right?
But I got lucky and had about four agents interested, including one from Hollywood. I also managed to get several articles written about me and my partner in crime Don Woodbeck. CBS had a movie division, and they bought our pitch in1982 for several hundred thousand dollars. We were on cloud nine. And Don and I lived on that money until his death in 1983.
We both lived in LA at the time and were put in acting school. But CBS Films went bust in 1983 and the story was optioned to Paramount Pictures. Academy Award nominee Nick Kazan would write the new script titled OUTLAWS. He’d just done a couple big films, including AT CLOSE RANGE (Christopher Walken, Sean Penn), FRANCIS (Jessica Lange), Reversal Of Fortune and Mobsters.
Then in 1984 I went to prison, so that was that for awhile. The option was picked up by Warner’s and John Heyman who did Passage To India and many more. Then when I got out in 1988 Universal picked up the movie.
To be blunt, for a pretty long while I made a living on OUTLAWS without it being made.I probably made more in options (several hundred thousand dollars) than the movie payday would have been. Still I wanted the movie made.
Then in 2007 Lewis Black talked me into writing the KING OF STING. I did it with Sal Manna and the book was picked up when it was released in 08/09 by Eric Eisner, the son of Hollywood big shot Michael Eisner. I liked Eric, he flew here to see me and I felt his family would help as well. They did and Eric has done a great job.
We worked on the script here and in LA. Clint Eastwood needed a new movie and was given the book and script in 2009. He loved them both and his partner at Malpaso, producer/director Rob Lorenz, was given the project. Clint would be a producer with me, Eric and Rob.Rob had Woody Harrelson slated for Woodbeck and Zac Efron to play me. But Zac decided he wanted to do another movie about a money-laundering kid, so he backed out.
So in 2010, no green light.
Next Clint had Rob do HOOVER with him last year. That film opens in a couple weeks.
So now here’s where we are: Eastwood gave Lorenz a sure fire hit, THE TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE, starring Clint and Sandra Bullock. Hollywood is abuzz over the new film, in part because it’s likely Clint’s last starring role. Who knows? So everyone will want to see the picture.
In the meantime Lorenz can now get whomever he wants to star in his films because he’s now a heavyweight. No longer just a big time producer and Clint’s right hand, Rob is 45 years old and Clint is 80.
Eric and I plan to stick with Lorenz and the Eastwood group. Rob loves KING OF STING and he even helped rewrite the script with Clint’s approval. So it’s likely that it will follow the new Clint Eastwood picture they’ll begin shooting in a few weeks.
However, they move pretty fast and it’s possible that Rob may do another studio picture with a super star to insure his position in Hollywood and then do King of Sting. Either way, it’s likely the movie will go down with Lorenz directing. It’s a director’s world today, not a star’s world. Unless it’s Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio or maybe Brad Pitt.
There just aren’t very many superstars left. Directors rule.
Remember Clint had Unforgiven for 15 years before they shot it. Hope we can go a bit faster and I think so.
So yeah, it’s been a long wait. When the movie goes – and I hope it finally will go – we likely will have taken the longest time of all. More than 30 years since CBS bought OUTLAWS in 1982. That’s gotta be a record.
So to those who say, "Yeah, when are they gonna make your movie?" or act like nobody cares, you’re dead wrong.
Some of Hollywood’s biggest names have all wanted to get this done. Sometimes circumstance runs against you. For the last four years, major studios have done almost no big adult films, except THE TOWN. Mostly it’s been family, comedy and tent pole (Batman,Spider-Man) and so forth. Why? Beause not as many people over 30 go to movies without their kids.
It’s a young person’s venue now.
However King of Sting is about a college kid who teams with an older gunfighter and becomes a real life superhero. It’s a dark story and I’ve waited all this time. I just have to wait a little longer.
In an odd way maybe it’s for the best. The long wait has kept me focused on something I have always loved, my adventures. The book is out there and a follow up will come soon. But yeah, the movie would be my Super Bowl.
P.S. I got an email from both Rob Lorenz and Eric Eisner (who met my brother Jack) saying how bad they felt about his death last week. Eisner wrote, "We will dedicate your movie to Jack Glazer."
Nice of him to think of Jack.