According to Deadline.com an Oliver Stone picture is quickly coming together. The film is called Savages and is based upon the Don Winslow novel.
From what I gather, Savages is about “two Laguna-based pot growers” who try to compete with a drug cartel until the cartel kidnaps “O”, their darling and “free spirited best friend.” Once the cartel nabs “O,” the two growers have to work for them.
Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch are in talks to portray the two growers.
If you don’t recognize Aaron Johnson yet, you will. He is the star of Kick-Ass and an amazing 2009 British-Canadian biopic about John Lennon’s teen years called Nowhere Boy. Kitsch, on the other hand, formerly of Friday Night Lights, also portrayed Gambit in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and did a reasonably good job at it.
Stone may be interested in casting Salma Hayek as the Mexican “cartel matriarch, an iron-fisted beauty who becomes intrigued and practically maternal over the kidnapped gal.” Since Jennifer Lawrence is attached to The Hunger Games (Woo hoo!), someone else will need to fill the role of “O”. Stone may be looking at Olivia Wilde next.
Here is the synopsis from the novel, which I snagged over at Amazon:
From Publishers Weekly
Spare, clipped expository prose and hip, spot-on dialogue propel this visceral crime novel from Winslow (The Dawn Patrol). The future is looking good for Laguna Beach, Calif., marijuana growers Ben and Chon, until they receive an ominous e-mail from the Baja Cartel. Attached is a photograph showing the decapitated bodies of other independent drug dealers. The message is clear: sell your product through us or else. Ben and Chon try to resist, but matters escalate after cartel thugs abduct Ophelia, the guys’ beautiful young playmate and accomplice, and hold her for a cool million ransom. Meanwhile, Elena “La Reina” Sanchez Lauter, the leader of the Baja Cartel, must deal with rival drug gangs and potential overthrow from within. Ben and Chon propose a trade that Elena can’t refuse, setting the stage for the violent and utterly satisfying ending. Winslow’s encyclopedic knowledge of the border drug trade lends authenticity.
Oliver Stone’s past films include Natural Born Killers, W., and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.