I bet you didn't see that one coming. We've already told you about the planned Salvador Dali biopic on more than one occasion -- first, when it was announced and then again when Andrew Niccol thankfully took away directing duties from the guy who brought us Con Air and the remake of When A Stranger Calls (yes, I'm talking about Simon West). Based on Stan Lauryssens' book, Dali and I: The Surreal Story will primarily focus on the surrealist painter's latter years -- when it became less about the art and more about the money, the fame and the power.
Niccol, who wrote and directed the fantastic Gattaca, as well as Lord of War (he also penned The Truman Show), last teamed up with Pacino on S1m0ne (or Simone). Yeah, so I guess they're looking for -- what's the right word -- oh yeah, a do-over. I'm actually a huge fan of Dali's work (don't tell anyone, but a giganto print of Apparition of Face and Fruit Dish on a Beach currently hangs over my living room couch) and, though I'm not well-versed on the man's life, I am very curious to learn more about who he was and why he loved melting clocks ... aside from the fact that they look really cool on a dorm room wall.
But Al Pacino? Granted, I don't much about the man, but seeing as we've tossed around names like Antonio Banderas and Javier Bardem, the last person I imagined would figure into the mix would be Al "Whoo-ah" Pacino. Then again, stranger casting decisions have been made. (ie: Katie Holmes in, well, anything.)