Variety reports that del Toro is in negotiations with Leonardo DiCaprio to star in Nightmare Alley, based on the 1946 William Lindsay Gresham novel, which was subsequently made into a 1947 noir of the same name. It follows the seedy underbelly of a carnival and two dueling con artists.
Del Toro has been attached to the film, which he co-wrote with Kim Morgan, since December 2017. DiCaprio, of course, is even more selective with projects than del Toro, and hasn’t appeared in a film since winning his first Oscar for The Revenant back in 2015. He’ll next be seen in the new Quentin Tarantino film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, this summer, and his interest in del Toro’s next project gives it a whole new level of excitement.
And yet, while a del Toro film noir set at a carnival sounds absolutely delightful, it seems to be missing his favorite things: supernatural beings and creatures. That leads us to believe that, while Nightmare Alley may not drift “sci-fi far” away from its pulpy source material, the director is likely to tailor things to his liking a little bit. At least, we assume that. We know literally nothing about it outside of Variety’s report that del Toro is hoping to shoot it in the fall. And if that happens, 2020 awards season could be around the corner.
Correction: This article originally stated the film was a remake of the 1947 movie but it’s not. It’s another adaptation of the 1946 novel.
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