Have you seen the John Cusack film, High Fidelity? I love that film! If you haven't seen it, it's a must watch for any movie or music geek. So needless to say, I am extremely excited to hear that the director Steven Frears and the writer D.V. DeVincentis are possibly going to team up again for a new film called, Lay the Favorite, which is a dramady set in the world of geeky gamblers.
The project is based on Beth Raymer's upcoming memoir Lay the Favorite, Take the Dog, which revolves around a group of fiftyish math geeks who figure out how to work the sportsbook system in Las Vegas for their own profit. It centers on a woman in her early thirties who has made a series of bad choices but achieves a redemption of sorts when she meets and then becomes involved with the gamblers.
DeVincentis describes it like this:
It's a less violent, less sketchy version of the mob. This is the version of 50-year-old math geeks from Queens in basketball shorts who have pet guinea pigs.
The film is based on real people and the lives they lived. This kind of reminds me of the true story of the MIT Blackjack team that was prtrayed in the movie 21, only that was a much younger crowd. This one's going to revolve around older people.
DeVincentis goes on to explain that while the projects have plenty of differences, both films deal with the tribulations of adulthood as well as with the appeal and perils of living in an insular world. Like the record store snobs of High Fidelity, the gamblers of Favorite "have an intense pride in a very specific expertise -- and a lack of socialization."
I hope this happens, I think it will end up being a really good film. What do you all think?