Remember the awesome news back in late-August that Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, and Tobey Macguire were uniting for an anti-poaching drama? The untitled Warner Brothers film, based on an idea from Hardy, will revolve around animal trafficking and the special forces units in in South Africa and other countries fighting to prevent it from happening. by Michael dEstries
For animal rights orgs fighting to bring awareness to this crisis, this development from three Hollywood heavyweights was amazing. How could it possibly get any better? How about two films?
Various sources are reporting that the first film, written by Sheldon Turner (“Up In The Air”) and produced by Maguire and DiCaprio, will be the film that’s partially-based on Hardy’s friends in the anti-poaching special forces.
“The untitled film is set in Africa and the aim is for Hardy to play a former Special Forces soldier who signs on with a friend to work in the bush, training rangers to fight off the poachers decimating the rhino and elephant populations in Zimbabwe. The soldier falls in love with the land, and the animals he is trying to save. Given his skill set, this spells bad news for the poachers.”
The second film in development will embrace a “Traffic”-style multi-stranded storyline, and follow “the trafficking industry that exploits the global market for illicit parts from slain animals that are used as aphrodisiacs and other ridiculous purposes.”
According to Deadline, this one might involve all three actors onscreen. Even better, it may also focus on ocean poaching.
“There is no writer on the second film, but the studio feels it is rich terrain and gets to the heart of an illicit industry by telling stories from several perspectives,” writes Deadline. “They range from the back-room dealings of corrupt executives, to a portrait of the life of a poacher, to others involved in the underbelly of a global scourge that occurs not only in the jungles but also the oceans, where illegal shark fishing runs rampant.”
Absolutely incredible. And with DiCaprio, Hardy, and Maguire all engaged and informed Hollywood actors when it comes to animal poaching, you can believe that these two films will accurately hit a homerun on the issues. We can’t wait.