Al Pacino is a Cop Again

February 17, 2010

Al Pacino is looking to substitute for Robert De Niro in a new cop thriller, though whether the substitute is better than the original guy is up for the debate. The movie is called Son of No One and is written and to be directed by Dito Montiel.

The Hollywood Reporter has more details on the film:

The script, written by Montiel, centers on a young cop who is assigned to a precinct in the working class neighborhood where he grew up, with an old secret surfacing and threatening to destroy his life and family.

...Terrence Howard, Ray Liotta and Katie Holmes are in various stages of dealmaking to join the cast.

This definitely sounds right up Pacino's alley, though after his last big cop movie, Righteous Kill, it's pretty difficult to get excited about either him or De Niro donning the badge again.

As for whether Pacino, who's a few years older than De Niro -- and looks every year of it -- is still believable as a working cop, well, that's another story altogether. We'll just have to wait until a trailer comes out.

Will this movie be able to redeem Pacino for the disaster that was Righteous Kill? Here's hoping they don't get Channing Tatum, who Montiel is pushing for. There's no way he would help the movie, unless they're aiming for a different demographic than you'd expect with a cop thriller.

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