Kevin Costner and Tommy Lee Jones have joined the long-attached Ben Affleck in The Company Men, to be directed by John Wells.
The story, also written by Wells, follows Affleck’s high-flying stockbroker who loses everything and ends up taking a construction job arranged by his brother, Costner. Tommy Lee Jones will play a principled senior partner in the firm Affleck worked for who struggles with the immoral and ethically-dubious actions of his fellow board members.
Sounds very topical and hot-button, but it seems to me as though the films which will succeed in the downturn are not the ones explicitly about the financial systems and corporate greed. Those films are more likely to be misinterpreted in the same way Wall Street so famously was. The films which will be popular will be those celebrating the beauty of the smaller, freer things in life, hence the astonishing success of Slumdog Millionaire which, although a film in which the lead character is competing for millions of rupees, is essentially a story about love conquering all. Films which concern themselves overtly with corporate ethical issues are likely to fail, partly because nearly nothing they make up could possibly match the AIGs and Lehmans of the world.