Olivier Assayas apparently isn’t going to spend much time coasting on the generally positive response to his 2014 Cannes competition film Clouds Of Sils Maria. According to Deadline, Assayas is already prepping his next project, a heist thriller titled Idol’s Eye that’s set to start shooting in October in Chicago and Toronto. (Travel tip for M. Assayas: If you bring Clouds Of Sils Maria to the Toronto Film Festival in September, you could just stay in the city until it’s time to start Idol’s Eye. That’ll also mean I’ll get to see Clouds Of Sils Maria at TIFF, but I promise, M. Assayas, I’m only thinking of you here, not me.)
Deadline also reports that Robert De Niro and Robert Pattinson are confirmed to star, and notes that this’ll make the second consecutive film that Assayas has made with a Twilight actor, given that Kristen Stewart is in Clouds. (Meanwhile, somewhere Taylor Lautner glares impatiently at his telephone.) And mere moments ago—like, literally while I was typing the previous paragraph—Variety reported more Idol’s Eye news, saying that Rachel Weisz is currently in talks to join the cast. Variety also says that the script for the film was adapted by Assayas from a Playboy article called “Boosting The Big Tuna,” about a burglary ring that made the mistake of ripping off a Chicago mob boss in the late 1970s.
That article has been kicking around Hollywood for years, and at one point was going to be made into a movie called Hubris, written by Bobby Moresco and directed by Todd Field. Indiewire posted an item about the Hubris plans back in 2011 that includes a detailed description of the Playboy piece (as well as a reference to an as-yet-unmade Michael Mann project about the same mob boss, Tony “Big Tuna” Accardo). Based on the Playboy story, it sounds like Idol’s Eye could give Assayas a chance to show off the same facility for tense action sequences that marked his Carlos and Boarding Gate, but in perhaps a more mainstream context. (Speaking personally, I would like to see such a thing.)