Updated October 27:
On paper, All Things to All Men sounds like the next Guy Ritchie movie. It’s being described as a fast-paced, London-based crime thriller, with one character trapped in a dangerous cat-and-mouse game being waged between a police chief and a crime lord. Throw in some macho dialogue and a handful of flashy edits, and it’s a Ritchie special.
Only it isn’t coming to us from the Snatch and Rock-N-Rolla director. All Things will mark the directorial debut of newcomer George Isaac, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, he’s luring a top-notch cast. Rufus Sewell has agreed to play the maverick law enforcement official. Gabriel Byrne signed on to play the sadistic crime boss. And Brit TV star Toby Stephens is all set to play Riley, a criminal trying to play both sides of a dangerous situation.
Isaac will co-produce All Things with Pierre Mascolo, who collaborated with him in two films: Kidulthood and Adulthood. No word on who penned this modern crime thriller for Isaac, though THR does add that Elsa Pataky, Leo Gregory, Julian Sands and James Frain have been cast in supporting roles.
So now we’ll wait to see what kind of directorial style Isaac brings to the table. Will he, as I suggest, be another Ritchie clone? Will All Things rise up to the level of Matthew Vaughn’s Layer Cake? Or could it possibly introduce a wholly original method of criminal storytelling that has us comparing films to Isaac’s work in the future? I’m hoping for that last one, because he has a solid cast in place, so good things should happen.
Both Screen International and Variety report that Isaac is directing from his own original screenplay. Just so you know.
With each report, we get a few more details. The Hollywood Reporter says:
George Isaac’s directorial debut, a fast-paced crime thriller, will be set in London.
LONDON – Gabriel Byrne, Rufus Sewell and Toby Stephens are to head the cast in a fast-paced London movie crime thriller All Things To All Men, which will be directed by George Isaac.
Produced by Isaac and actor Pierre Mascolo under Cipher Films, the joint banner they formed in 2003 to produce Kidulthood and Adulthood, the movie will be Isaac’s directorial debut.
Set in contemporary London, Stephens will play Riley, a criminal who becomes caught up in a dangerous game of cat and mouse between maverick police boss Rufus Sewell, who plays Parker, and crime lord Joseph Corso, played by Gabriel Byrne.
Supporting cast include Elsa Pataky, Leo Gregory, Julian Sands and James Frain.
Principal photography has begun in London.
From Screen International, with a bit more about the film’s plot and the roles involved:
Principal photography has started in London on George Isaac’s directorial debut All Things To All Men.
The crime thriller stars Gabriel Byrne, Rufus Sewell, and Toby Stephens. The supporting cast includes Elsa Pataky, Pierre Mascolo, Leo Gregory, Terence Maynard, James Frain, David Schofield and Julian Sands.
Stephens plays a crook caught between a maverick police officer (Sewell) and a crime lord (Byrne).
Isaac, who also wrote the All Things screenplay, was a producer of Kidulthood and Adulthood.
He also produces All Things To All Men alongside Pierre Mascolo through their production-finance outfit Cipher Films, which is fully financing the project.
Variety reports in an article dated October 26:
Gabriel Byrne toplines ‘All Things,’ Rufus Sewell, Toby Stephens join cast
LONDON — Gabriel Byrne, Rufus Sewell and Toby Stephens are set to star in George Isaac’s directorial debut “All Things to All Men,” which began lensing in London on Wednesday.
Isaac, who produced Brit pics “Kidulthood” and “Adulthood,” will direct from his own original script, set in contemporary London, about sophisticated professional thief who is hired to pull off the ultimate job. As he becomes caught between the head of a maverick police unit and a feared crime lord, he is drawn into a deadly game of cat and mouse.
Actually, that would be Rufus Sewell, Gabriel Byrne, and Toby Stephens
Pic is being produced and fully-financed by thesp-producer Pierre Mascolo and Isaac’s banner Cipher Films, the production/finance venture they formed in 2003 to finance and produce “Kidulthood” and “Adulthood.”
Supporting cast for “All Things to All Men” includes Elsa Pataky (“Snakes on a Plane”), Mascolo (“Kidulthood,” “Adulthood”), Leo Gregory (“Wild Bill”), Terence Maynard (“Revolver”), James Frain (“Boiler Room”), David Schofield (“Gladiator”) and Julian Sands (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”).
Irish thesp Byrne can next be seen in Barnaby Southcombe’s “I, Anna” with Charlotte Rampling, while Rufus Sewell’s stars in Timur Bekmambetov’s “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” alongside Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Dominic Cooper.”
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