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MAR
28
3 YEARS

Universal to Distribute Oliver Stone’s ‘Savages’

The filmmaker has been slowly putting together the acting pieces for his latest pic, an adaptation of a Don Winslow novel.

Oliver Stone
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Universal has closed a deal to distribute Savages, the latest project from Oliver Stone.   The filmmaker has been slowly putting together the acting pieces for his latest pic, an adaptation of a Don Winslow novel, which made it attractive for studios to toss their hats into the distribution ring. Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass), Taylor Kitsch (Battleship), Benicio del Toro and Salma Hayek are in various stages of discussions to board the project.   Stone and Shane Salerno wrote the script, which follows two laid-back beach-bum marijuana dealers run afoul a Mexican cartel run by a ruthless female boss who, in order to force her competition to submit, kidnaps the duo’s mutual girlfriend.   Jennifer Lawrence was in talks to play the girlfriend, names O or Ophelia, but bowed out when she landed the lead role in Lionsgate’s Hunger Games.   Stone is eying a June shoot.