George Gallo is a filmmaker who is probably best known as writer of Midnight Run, an iconic comedy with Robert De Niro in a memorable leading performance. But in the writer/director’s long career, he has worked with pretty much everyone in the business. For his latest film, The Comeback Trail, Gallo has clearly called up his old friends for a comedy that, let’s be honest, probably wouldn’t get made if he hadn’t, as it looks and feels like a comedy about two decades beyond its expiration date.
De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones, and Morgan Freeman are the legendary trio fronting The Comeback trailer, a ’70s set comedy about a lying movie producer who backs a crappy Western movie in hopes the production will kill its aging star so he can use the insurance money to get out of a mob debt.
The cast also includes Emile Hirsch, Eddie Griffin, and Zach Braff. No women exist in this Hollywood that Gallo has created, one that feels like the spawn of Get Shorty and The Whole Ten Yards…the latter which Gallo wrote, by the way.
Who knows? Maybe this will be good in a Tarantino sort of way? The Comeback Trail opens November 13th.
SYNOPSIS: Two movie producers who owe money to the mob set up their aging movie star for an insurance scam to try and save themselves. But they wind up getting more than they ever imagined.