Posts Tagged ‘Rounders’

Vince Van Patten discusses New Gambling Movie

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

vince-van-patten-pokerHaving commentated on the World Poker Tour for 13 years, Vince Van Patten has been on the poker scene for a long time. Given that he’s also an actor, Van Patten has some good insight into what the poker/gambling movie genre has done right and wrong over the years. So it’s only natural that he’s decided to try his own hand at creating a gambling movie.

“This May, I’m doing a movie. I wrote a comedy about the gambling world and the characters that are in it,” Van Patten told CardPlayer. “It’s a fantastic new project for me. It’s based on true events and it’s focused on the high roller gamblers in L.A. and the crazy bets they make. The characters are these bigger-than-life people, which you see all the time in the gambling world.”

Van Patten also says that there are going to be some famous poker players and experienced actors involved with the project.

“A lot of good poker players are going to be in it,” he said. “Gary Marshall is going to be executive producer and we’ve also got David T. Friendly, who did Little Miss Sunshine. We’re going to be casting it pretty soon and then we’ll see where it goes from there.”

One can’t be blamed for being skeptical about if Van Patten’s movie will be any good. After all, there are far more misses than hits in the history of gambling movies. But perhaps the former professional tennis player has used all these bad movies to his credit by learning from their mistakes.

“I think (poker movies) missed the mark, for the most part, and hopefully, I’ll hit it,” Van Patten said. “I think the Cincinnati Kid was an excellent movie, and Rounders did a decent job, but other than that, it’s been rough. That being said, you have to cut these movies some slack. It’s really hard to make a good film, let alone one about poker. I think it’s really difficult to make a movie that’s accurate, but is also entertaining. It really can’t be about the poker hands, because that’s when you lose the audience. That’s why my attempt is going to be about the characters.”

If you’d like to see Van Patten’s entire interview, check it out at CardPlayer.

Rounders Sequel may hinge on “Runner, Runner”

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Ever since the 1998 cult classic Rounders was released, many poker players have been interested in seeing a sequel. After all, there are some burning questions that fans of the first movie have, such as the following:

– How did Mike McDermott (Matt Damon) do at the WSOP?

– Did “Worm” (Edward Norton Jr.) do anything worthwhile with his life?

– Is Teddy “KGB” (John Malkovich) still hustling players in his card club?

– Did Joey Knish (John Turturro) ever grow the “stones to take a shot?”

Well our chances of having these questions answered may all depend on the success of a more current movie in Runner, Runner. The thriller, which centers on the shadier side of the online poker industry, has currently grossed $31,106,712 – just above its $30 million production budget. When its subsequent weeks and DVD sales are factored in, Runner, Runner could end up showing a profit against the $30m budget and undisclosed advertising/promotion costs.

If you’re wondering why a Rounders sequel hinges so much on Runner, Runner, it’s because writers Brian Koppelman and David Levien have a hand in both films. This duo wrote the original Rounders, and they also came up with the script for Runner, Runner. Assuming this anti-online poker flick takes off, it could convince investors that Koppelman/Levien’s Rounders II concept is worthwhile. The pair commented on this matter by telling PokerNews the following:

We do, however, have the story for Rounders II worked out, and all the actors and the director of the first film are ready to come do it. It’s a matter of the companies who control the rights getting behind it and allowing it to happen.

What’s really cool is to hear that the guys who made the first Rounders so great – Damon and Norton – would be ready to come out and do a sequel. Now we just have to wait for the Hollywood politics and financials to play out before Rounders II becomes a reality.