It’s kind of been a minute since we’ve heard from writer/director Stephen Gaghan. The filmmaker made his name as a screenwriter, rocketing into the scene in 2000 when he won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Steven Soderbergh’s “Traffic.” He directed a film shortly thereafter (2002’s “Abandon”), but it wasn’t until 2006’s “Syriana,” nominated for two Oscars, with a Best Supporting Actor win for George Clooney, that Gaghan broke out as a writer/director that everyone was clamoring to work with. Several projects ensued, but none came to fruition; 2006 remains the last time Gaghan directed a feature-length movie (though two TV movies did come in the interim).
So now he’s finally back with “Gold,” a drama about an unlikely pair who venture to the Indonesian jungle in search of gold. Matthew McConaughey and Edgar Ramirez star and EW has the first look. Once looked at by Michael Mann and Spike Lee, the film has been described as a “Treasure Of The Sierra Madre“-esque tale based on the true story of the 1993 Bre-X Mineral Corporation scandal. McConaughey plays a struggling businessman named Kenny Wells and Edgar is an “equally hapless geologist [trying] to find fortune.” We suppose the other notable detail is that McConaughey’s going semi-bald for the role, perhaps looking a little like his pal Woody Harrelson in “True Detective.” Hey, who says that acting is all vanity. Update: here’s the official synopsis:
GOLD stars Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey as Kenny Wells, a failing businessman and modern-day prospector desperate for a lucky break. As a last ditch effort, Wells teams up with an equally luckless geologist, played by Edgar Ramirez, to execute a grandiose plan: find gold deep in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia.
The Weinstein Company has already picked up the films, but apparently we won’t be seeing it until the fall of 2016, so consider this an early first look.