Fool's Gold (2008) - Synopsis
Ben “Finn” Finnegan (Matthew McConaughey) is an affable, modern-day treasure hunter who is obsessed with finding the legendary 18th century Queen’s Dowry—40 chests of priceless treasure that was lost at sea in 1715. In his quest, Finn has sunk everything he has, including his marriage to Tess (Kate Hudson).
Just as Tess has begun to rebuild her life, working aboard a mega-yacht owned by billionaire Nigel Honeycutt (Donald Sutherland), Finn discovers a vital clue to the treasure’s whereabouts. Much to Tess’ consternation, Finn maneuvers himself aboard Nigel’s yacht and, using his roguish charm, convinces the tycoon and his celebutante daughter, Gemma (Alexis Dziena), to join him in the pursuit of the Spanish riches. Even Tess can’t resist the lure of finally uncovering the treasure that had eluded them for so long.
But they are not the only ones after the prize. Finn’s one-time mentor, Moe Fitch (Ray Winstone), and a ruthless local gangster named Bigg Bunny (Kevin Hart) are intent on beating Finn to the trove. Let the treasure hunt begin…
The romantic comedy adventure “Fool’s Gold” was directed by Andy Tennant, who broke records at the box office with the comedy “Hitch.” The film also reunites Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson, who had previously teamed on the romantic comedy smash “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.”
Rounding out the main cast are veteran actor Donald Sutherland (“Pride and Prejudice”), Ewen Bremner (“Match Point”), Alexis Dziena (“Broken Flowers”), Kevin Hart (“Epic Movie”) and Ray Winstone (“Beowulf”).
Warner Bros. Pictures presents a De Line Pictures/Bernie Goldmann Production, an Andy Tennant Film, “Fool’s Gold.” Tennant (“Hitch,” “Sweet Home Alabama”) directed the film from a screenplay he wrote with John Claflin & Daniel Zelman, story by Claflin & Zelman. Donald De Line, Bernie Goldmann and Jon Klane produced the film, with Wink Mordaunt and James R. Dyer executive producing and Stephen Jones serving as co-producer.
The behind-the-scenes creative team included Oscar-nominated director of photography Don Burgess (“Forrest Gump”), production designer Charles Wood, editors Troy Takaki and Tracey Wadmore-Smith, multiple Oscar-nominated composer George Fenton (“The Fisher King,” “Dangerous Liaisons,” “Gandhi,” “Cry Freedom”), and Oscar-winning costume designer Ngila Dickson (“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy).
“Fool’s Gold” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.