James Tiberius Kirk already cheated his way to victory in the Kobayashi Maru test, and now he's putting his fast-thinking talents towards making money — well, his real life persona is, at least.
According to Variety, "Star Trek" actor Chris Pine is teaming up with "Eagle Eye" director D.J. Caruso for "The Art of Making Money," an adaptation of reporter Jason Kersten's fact-based novel "The Art of Making Money: The Story of a Master Counterfeiter." Frank Baldwin — no apparent relation to Alec, Daniel, William and Stephen — is writing the script.
The title refers not just to the creative component of moneymaking, but also to the story's central figure of Art Williams Jr., presumably played by Pine. The novel focuses on the real-life counterfeiter who conjured millions of dollars in false bills thanks to his amazing attention to artistic detail.
"While it was the world of counterfeiting that originally attracted me to Art's story, what ultimately made a book-length project worthwhile wasn't the crime, but the man," writer Kersten told Monsters and Critics of the novel's real-life protagonist. "Art's quest to reconnect with his father was far more compelling than his criminal escapades, and it is the conflict that arises between these two goals that gives his story so much dramatic weight."
It's hard to ignore the similarities between "The Art of Making Money" and "Catch Me If You Can," the Leonardo DiCaprio-starring film which focused on a similar premise of a non-fictional confidence man. In fact, it might be easy to think that this latest film is just a lighter version of DiCaprio's previous biopic, but hey — both stories happened, and both have potential as compelling stories.
If nothing else, I'm a fan of Pine's and I'm excited to see more work out of him. Between this and "Unstoppable" alongside Denzel Washington, the actor could be on track to firmly establish himself outside of the "Star Trek" franchise.
Do you think "The Art of Making Money" sounds too similar to "Catch Me If You Can," or do you think there are enough similarities to make it a distinctive movie? Let us know in the comments section!