Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Ice Cube and his Three Kings director David O Russell are in talks with New Line to re-team to create a potential franchise. Cube will play a plainclothes detective who’s quick on the trigger in an R-rated raw drama that’s thematically a throwback to those 70s revenge films like the Harry Callahan movies that starred Clint Eastwood. The deals are underway and the idea was hatched by Russell and New Line chief Toby Emmerich, and they brought it to Cube. Russell will produce with Cube and his Cube Vision partner Matt Alvarez. Jeff Kwatinetz manages Cube. They are still working out the beats of the story, but Russell and Cube were eager to work together again, in another edgy, R-rated adult drama that is an homage to those 70s pictures like Dirty Harry and Death Wish. While Cube is most readily identified with Los Angeles, the tough cop’s locale hasn’t yet been determined.

Russell might co-write it, but New Line will likely bring someone else in to get the project started. Russell is coming off a re-team with Cube’s Three Kings costar Mark Wahlberg, who stars with Christian Bale in The Fighter, the Relativity Media-funded drama which Paramount Pictures releases on December 10. Russell is has several projects including Old St. Louis with Vince Vaughn and he just came on to rewrite and direct for Sony an adaptation of the Playstation 3 game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. Cube is starring in Rampart, playing a detective who’s hot on the trail of a crooked LAPD officer at the center of a corruption scandal. The film is being directed by Oren Moverman from a James Ellroy script, with Sigourney Weaver, Robin Wright, Ben Foster and Steve Buscemi also starring. UTA and Jeff Kwatinetz rep Cube, CAA reps Russell.

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