Briefly: Paramount and J.J. Abrams’ company Bad Robot are putting together a new mystery movie, and have tapped Brad Parker to direct. Parker made The Diary of Lawson Oxford, and also worked as second-unit director on Let Me In. Keeping things in the family, Let Me In director Matt Reeves will produce this currently untitled action film, alongside Abrams and Bryan Burk.

The script is by actor and writer Michael Gilio (who wrote a draft of Carter Beats the Devil)  but we’ve got no details on it right now.

Gilio also wrote a draft of Treasure Island that had Paul Greengrass attached for a moment, and he wrote a script called The Interventionalist with which Alexander Payne was involved back in 2010. He also had the script Big Hole on the 2008 Black List. None of that stuff is produced yet, however, so unless you track down the feature Kwik Stop, which Gilio wrote and directed in 2001, this Bad Robot film will be the real introduction to his writing work. [Variety]

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