Q: When is David Mamet going to do another movie? "Glengarry Glen Ross" is still one of the best films ever, in my opinion.

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Adam Thomlison / TV Media

You're not alone in your esteem for the great writer and director David Mamet. His stage and screen accomplishments mean that he's in a position to wait around for the right project to come along.

And guess what? It just came along, so your question is well-timed.

After nearly 15 years away from the big screen (his last Hollywood film was 2008's "Redbelt"), Mamet has signed on to direct and co-write a movie about one of America's greatest real-life mysteries: the JFK assassination and, in particular, the possibility of Mafia involvement.

"2 days, 1963," which is currently in pre-production, is based on a script by Nicholas Celozzi ("Quiet Kill," 2004), the great-nephew of Sam Giancana — a real-life mobster who (50-year-old spoiler alert) will feature in the film's story. That's the sort of script that can grab the attention of even the pickiest filmmaker.

Want to know how excited Mamet is about it? He compared it to one of the greatest films of all time.

"Nick [Celozzi] wrote and sent me this script, and it's a helluva script," Mamet told Deadline.com. "Really inside stuff, similar to what Francis Coppola did with Mario Puzo in 'The Godfather.'"

For fans, of course, it's exciting enough to just have Mamet get behind the camera again. He gave us, as you say, one of the great workplace dramas with 1992's "Glengarry Glen Ross," a film whose screenplay he wrote, based on his hit stage play.

Indeed, he's actually better known for his writing than his directing, though he has helmed some greats, including 2000's "State and Main" and 1987's "House of Games."


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