Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
100 Greatest Characters
Your all-time favourite heroes and villains
Subscribe To Empire
Sign up now and save up to 63%
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
28 August 2015
Podcast 176: Ed Skrein
Podcast refuelled!
Exclusive Trailer For Listen To Me Marlon
Brando in his own words
New Poster For The Hallow Online
Plus director Corin Hardy shows us his sketchbook
Vincent D'Onofrio to Direct The Kid
Moving behind the camera with a Western
Joe Carnahan Finally Shoots Five Against A Bullet
Long-gestating project gets green light
Sofia Vergara Joins The Brits Are Coming
Starring with Uma Thurman and Tim Roth
Sam Worthington Clashes With The Titan
Ruth Wilson to co-star
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
05 March 2015
Giancarlo Esposito Joins Money Monster
He's set for Jodie Foster's financial hostage crisis drama
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
Elysium (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Carnage (2012)
Empire Star Rating
The Beaver (2011)
Empire Star Rating
Inside Man
Empire Star Rating
Flightplan
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Sweet!
Jodie Foster to direct Sugar Kings

26 July 2005  |  Written by   

submit to reddit

It may sound like a pimpin’ flick starring P.Diddy and Snoop Dogg, but Sugar Kings threatens to be something much more interesting. Produced by Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Films, the drama will tell the tale of a young lawyer who teams up with a veteran public-interest attorney to bring down powerful sugar barons. The story’s human-interest angle — the ‘sugar kings’ are exploiting their poorly-paid migrant cane-cutters — has proven strong enough to draw the attention of Jodie Foster, who’s slated to direct and possibly star.

Whether it’ll prove to be Foster’s answer to the multi-Oscar-nominated Erin Brockovich remains to be seen (though we’re pretty sure it will feature less cleavage). But an even more obvious comparison is The Insider, another giant-institution-basher in which two righteous underdogs take on a corrupt industry. In fact, Foster’s film is inspired by an article by Marie Brenner — the same journalist whose in-depth investigations spurred the Michael Mann film.

Brenner’s article, Kingdom Of Sugar, focused on two brothers, Alfy and Pepe Fanjul, who owned a sugar empire in Florida. The brothers were hounded by an attorney, Edward Tuddenham, who charged the two for enforcing slave labour on their 20,000-strong force of cane-cutters and hiding the injustice behind their political connections and social standing.

With Foster back on form in front of the camera and her third directorial effort, Flora Plum, in production right now, this could be the movie to switch you across to sugar-free Coke. Word of advice, though, Jodie: add a scene with Al Pacino sitting at a desk snorting a massive mountain of sugar while waving a huge gun around, and we’ll pay to see it twice.

Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

World Exclusive: The New Wall-E Trailer
This kicks shiny metal butt!
Lookout For Scott Frank
It'll be his directorial debut


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
My Movie Life: Andrew Haigh
The 45 Years director on the movies that made him

Vanity Projects: The Musical Edition
A dozen more hits and misses from the rock and pop world

Inside The Martian: Empire Meets NASA
Prepare to science the shit out of it...

Deadpool: A Complete History
Empire's guide to The Merc With A Mouth, in comics and on screen

Evil Media: Haunted TVs, Tapes And Tunes
Ten sinister reasons to go off-grid

Spectre – Everything You Need To Know
Empire's essential briefing on James Bond's 24th outing

The N.W.A-Team
Empire visits the set of Straight Outta Compton

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe now and save up to 63%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)