David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow to go from stage to screen

The play about Hollywood recently earned mixed reviews for Lindsay Lohan in the West End

Oscar nominated screenwriter and playwright David Mamet is to adapt his Tony Award-winning stage production Speed-the-Plow for the cinema, reports Deadline.


The three-character play, about the shallow inner workings of Hollywood, recently received mixed reviews when it was brought to the West End with Lindsay Lohan and The West Wing’s Richard Schiff. 

Lohan played the part of Karen, the opportunistic secretary to a studio head honcho who, unbeknownst to her, is the subject of a sleazy sexual bet. However, Karen has her own agenda and manages to manipulate her boss in return. 

The play became a Broadway hit in its original 1988 run, with a cast that included Madonna in the role of Karen. Since then, Alicia Silverstone and Elizabeth Moss have also taken on the part.

But the most important question is who will take to the big screen as Karen? No casting decisions have been announced yet, however, Mean Girls actress Lohan would surely relish the chance to improve a film career which has been without a big hit in recent years

Irwin Winkler, one of the new film’s producers, said: “I am delighted to be working with David Mamet on his insightful exploration of the characters he created in his play which is a classic expose of ambition in Hollywood.” 

Mamet has enjoyed considerable success for the last three decades, with screenwriting credits including The Verdict, The Untouchables, Glengarry Glen Ross, Hoffa, and Wag the Dog, another play about Hollywood that he adapted, earning a best screenplay nomination at the 1998 Academy Awards.  


He is also a director, and recently received Emmy nominations for the TV movie Phil Spector, starring Al Pacino as the music producer.