Thanks, Twitter. Everyone’s favorite social media outlet has become a hotbed of breaking movie news, including this little tidbit dropped by Variety’s Jeff Sneider. Brad Pitt and Andrew Dominik’s adaptation of George V. Higgin’s 1974 novel “Cogan’s Trade” will henceforth be known as “Killing Them Softly”.
Really? “Cogan’s Trade” may not the best title ever conceived of, but at least it called to mind the era of 70s tough guy criminals the story is about. Evoking Roberta Flack just feels awkward. Pitt plays a mob enforcer hunting down a crew who robs a high-stakes, mob-protected poker game. Nothing about that scenario sounds soft at all.
Title aside, I’m still excited for this movie. Reteaming Pitt with his “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” director is promising, and the cast also includes Ray Liotta and Richard Jenkins, never bad things.
Release of “Killing Them Softly” is planned for September, so we have from now until then to stew about the name change. In the end does the title really matter to you? It doesn’t to me, and I doubt it does to most movie fans out there. We’ll still tent our giddy little fingers, fork over our hard-earned cash money at the box office, and be glad for the opportunity to do so.
Via : Twitter