Tom Hardy, Leonardo DiCaprio & Tobey Maguire Are Actually Developing Two Anti-Poaching Movies

Tom Hardy, Leonardo DiCaprio & Tobey Maguire Are Actually Developing Two Anti-Poaching Movies

Hollywood studios have a history of mounting competing projects that cover similar terrain — think “Deep Impact” and “Armageddon,” or the biopics “Capote” and “Infamous” — but it’s rare that a studio would be developing two similar projects in-house, and that’s exactly what Warner Bros. is doing. A couple of months ago we heard word that Tom Hardy, Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio would be collaborating on a “‘Traffic’-like take on poaching and illegal animal smuggling” based on an idea Hardy came up with, but now the trio is also collaborating on a second animal smuggling and poaching film.

It seems that it was always going to be two separate projects but that the initial reports conflated the two. Either way, here’s how it shakes out now. The first project, written by Sheldon Turner (“Up In The Air”) and produced by Maguire and DiCaprio, will be the film that was partially “inspired by [Hardy’s] friends who are former Special Forces operatives and went on to become anti-poacher fighters in South Africa and other nations” in which the ”Lawless” star plays “a former Special Forces soldier who signs on with a friend to work in the bush, training rangers to fight off the poachers decimating the rhino and elephant populations in Zimbabwe.” This film sounds as though it will be fairly contained and localized.

The second project is the one that will be “Traffic”-esque and will detail “the trafficking industry that exploits the global market for illicit parts from slain animals that are used as aphrodisiacs and other ridiculous purposes.” It will be a globe-trotting story that may have appearances by all three leading men. There is currently no writer on board, but with these names attached, we’d imagine there are a few scribes taking meetings now. [Deadline]

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Comments

LINDA BADHAM

GOOD ON THEM, IF MORE HIGH PROFILE PEOPLE USED THEIR VOICE AGAINST THE VILE TRADE JUST MAYBE SOME POSITIVE ACTION WOULD COME OUT OF THIS.

Tatiana La Scala Lambauer

I just loved to know it! Great news! Somebody has to be compassionate! And reality can be changed by CULTURE!!

PeterTomMaatta

Great! Another Sheldon Turner script that will NEVER get made… but, I bet he'll get his 'seven figure' fee! Bravo Sheldon Turner! Keep up the high priced, mediocre work!

Just kidding. I'm a huge Sheldon Turner fan! Any screenwriter making money is good news!

Terry Gates

I haven't heard back from you regarding tis project… I hope you will find time to have a look…

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Terry Gates

NOlan

Hardy is so underrated. Any role with him can be blindly trusted. (looks away from This Means War)

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