David Gordon Green

Screen legend wanted for lead role.

Mike Fleming over at Deadline is hearing that Al Pacino is being sought to lead ‘Manglehorn,’ the next feature from writer/director David Gordon Green (‘Prince Avalanche,’ ‘Your Highness,’ ‘All the Real Girls’).

Penned by Green and Paul Logan, the film would see Pacino playing A.J. Manglehorn, “an aging ex-con who, 40 years ago, gave up the woman of his dreams for a big ‘job.’ He now obsesses daily over the choices he made. After a dramatic effort to start over, Manglehorn faces a terrifying moment and is unmasked as a guy with a very, very dark past.”

Talking to Fleming, Green describes Manglehorn “as the story of a guy who gave up the love of his life for a life of crime and now he regrets it as the world crumbles in front of him. His profession as a locksmith is symbolic of a guy who’s trying to find the key to put his life back together. It’s a love story, the choices you make in your youth and the situations you set up for yourself: you end up sitting alone at the dinner table talking to a cat! I do think there is a beautiful humour in this.”

‘Manglehorn’ will be financed and produced by Worldview Entertainment’s CEO Christopher Woodrow and COO Molly Conners alongside Lisa Muskat. Green and his Rough House partners Jody Hill and Danny McBride will executive produce.