Bad Boys

Briefly: People have wondered for years why all involved haven’t pulled the trigger on Bad Boys 3 — it seems like such an obvious move in a studio culture that is all about sequels. But this one has, in the past, required the willingness of two stars and a director. That complicates the process.

Now that there’s been a little power structure change at Sony, installing Michael De Luca as production co-president with a mandate to up the quality of the studio’s tentpole films, it looks like that sequel will happen. A writer is almost signed, but that’s just the first step in the process. Read more below. Read More »

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Just as we’re enjoying the last of 2012′s cinematic offerings, the latest edition of the Black List has hit the web. The annual survey highlights the hottest unproduced screenplays of the year, as based on the votes of hundreds of executives.

The term “unproduced” is used rather vaguely here. Some of these scripts (like Ivan Reitman‘s Draft Day and Wally Pfister‘s Transcendence) already have a director or star attached, while others are still floating around in search of the right studio or producer. The subjects and honorees range greatly as well. Nazi hunters, Hillary Clinton, the NFL, and time-traveling teens are among the subjects of this year’s winners, and the screenwriters run the gamut from industry newcomers to seasoned pros.

Hit the jump to read the full list.

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Universal is Working on a ‘Safe House’ Sequel

Briefly: David Guggenheim went from US Weekly editor to big-time screenwriter thanks in part to his script for what became the Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds thriller Safe House. And now Universal has set him to write another one.

THR has the news, and says that Reynolds would likely return, though a deal hasn’t been made. Working Denzel Washington into the sequel will be more difficult, though THR’s sources say Universal wants him. Which makes sense, as audiences like Denzel. But it doesn’t make sense to anyone who saw the first film. Could be a prequel then — but if so, the involvement of Reynolds doesn’t make much sense, as the setup for his character was of a young, inexperienced CIA agent.

No word on the involvement, or lack thereof, of original Safe House director Daniel Espinosa. Guggenheim, meanwhile, also wrote Stolen, the rather terrible-looking Nicolas Cage movie, and Narco Sub, which was going to be a Tony Scott film before the director’s passing.

 

Well, it’s not nearly as good as Peter Weir going back to Master and Commander, but at least someone at Fox is interested in making a nautical thriller. Kind of. Tony Scott has signed to work with Fox once again as producer and director on a drug-running sub thriller called — seriously, this part isn’t a joke — Narco Sub. The title would seem to refer to crafts — once only semi-submersible but now fully submersible — that South American drug cartels sometimes use to smuggle cocaine into the United States. Colombian drug runners seem particularly fond of the little craft, which are adept at evading radar and sonar.

The script is by new hot screenwriter David Guggenheim, and the project overall is described as being reminiscent of films like Man on Fire and Crimson Tide. Read More »

First Look: Denzel Washington in ‘Safe House’

In early February 2012, we’ll see the thriller Safe House, which marks the studio debut of Snabba Cash director Daniel Espinosa. The movie is based on a hot-ticket script pitch from relatively new screenwriter David Guggenheim, and was shot this year with Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds in the lead roles.

We’ve seen no official images or video from the film until now. The first still has been released, and a teaser poster has also arrived. Check out both in full below. Read More »

McG Signing to Direct ‘Puzzle Palace’ For Summit

Briefly: Early last year screenwrier David Guggenheim sold Puzzle Palace, a cop drama pitch to Summit. That sale came on the heels of Guggenheim selling Safe House, which has since been filmed by Daniel Espinosa with Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds in the lead roles.

Now Puzzle Palace is written, and it looks like the director will be McG. He’s just finishing This Means War for Fox — we just saw that trailer in the past couple weeks — and this could be his next film, though he’s also got some other projects and television developments to juggle. All we’ve got on the story in Puzzle Palace is this, from THR:

The story centers on the son of a veteran police officer  who learns his father is framed for murder. When he finds out that there is evidence hidden that could free his father, he is determined to find it, even though it means breaking into One Police Plaza, the most secure building in all of New York City. He ends up being locked inside the police HQ with crooked cops on his tail.

David Guggenheim wrote Safe House for Universal — the film with Ryan Reynolds as an CIA agent transporting dangerous criminal Denzel Washington to a new safe house. Evidently that project, directed by Daniel Espinosa, went well, as Universal has bought into a Guggenheim pitch called 364. The writer brought it to Imagine Entertainment, and it already has Ron Howard attached to direct. This makes the fourth directorial attachment for Howard — that we know about — beyond The Dark Tower and Rush, which shoots in earnest soon. And this one is a superhero movie. Kind of. Read More »

Everyone know the jolt of fear that runs through your body when you think you’ve forgotten something in a taxi cab. Well imagine the jolt if, instead of a cell phone, it was your daughter left in the cab and you only had a few hours to find her. That’s the rough plot of Medallion, which will feature Nicolas Cage as former master thief, searching for his daughter, who has been taken hostage and locked in the trunk of a Medallion Taxi Cab in New York City. Read More »

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