EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures is getting the wheels moving on a fifth installment of The Bourne Identity franchise. I’ve heard that studio has hired Anthony Peckham to script a film that is designed to continue the storyline of Aaron Cross, the character that Jeremy Renner played in the 2012 Tony Gilroy-directed Bourne Legacy. Cross was among a group of agents who took part in Operation Outcome. Medically enhanced to be smarter and physically superior, the agents were targeted for termination. Renner starred with Rachel Weisz and Edward Norton. Frank Marshall and Captivate Entertainment’s Ben Smith and Jeffrey Weiner are producing the new one.
This is all early days, but the studio wants to continue to build the spinoff character and storyline hatched by Tony Gilroy, who was so important in establishing Matt Damon‘s Jason Bourne character in those early films from the books by the late Robert Ludlum. It doesn’t sound like they’ve made headway with Damon about a reprise (he has said he won’t do it without Paul Greengrass, and doesn’t know where the character goes after regaining the memory loss that came back by the end of the third film). Universal, which has a seventh installment of all time top grossing The Fast And The Furious in the works as well as new installments of The Mummy and Jurassic Park, counts Bourne as … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Allen Hughes will direct a remake of A Bittersweet Life, the 2005 Korean crime drama. The film is being fast tracked by Fox and New Regency. Anthony Peckham is being brought on to do the latest draft of the script.
Hughes, in his first film away from his brother Albert Hughes, just directed Broken City, which New Regency produced and Fox will distribute, and which was financed and produced by Emmett/Furla Films. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones. In A Bittersweet Life, the protagonist is an enforcer and manager of a hotel owned by a crime boss. The enforcer is charged with escorting the boss’s young mistress, who might be having an affair. While he’s told to kill both if in fact she is cheating, the enforcer instead beats up her lover while she watches, and makes them promise never to see each other again. The enforcer is by now smitten with the mistress, and it begins to color a series of dangerous moves he makes that put him at odds both with his boss and the boss’s crime rival. The tale becomes an exercise in vengeance as the enforcer goes up against his longtime boss.
Peckham most recently scripted Invictus and Sherlock Holmes, and is working on Yucatan and Deep Sea Cowboys. The scribe also did rewrite work on the superb Book Of Eli, which Hughes directed with his brother. Hughes is … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures has scrapped a tentative plan for Chris Pine to resuscitate the Jack Ryan franchise before he reprises his James T. Kirk role in a Star Trek sequel. The slow process of nailing the Ryan script has prompted the studio to focus on getting Pine at the helm of the USS Enterprise first, even as the studio waits to see if JJ Abrams will reprise as Trek director.
This comes after the Ryan picture suffered another creative setback. Steve Zaillian, who wrote the 1994 Ryan film Clear and Present Danger and did uncredited rewrite work on Patriot Games, made a deal last month to rewrite the reboot script but had a change of heart and withdrew within the last two weeks. The studio has begun interviewing other writers. Lost‘s Jack Bender is still aboard to direct, but he isn’t pay or play and could walk. Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing. Ryan was created by Tom Clancy in his bestselling book series, but the new film is an origin story that started with screenwriter Hossein Amini. Paramount then acquired the Adam Cozad spec script Dubai and hired Cozad to redraft it to be the Ryan relaunch. Anthony Peckham then came on to do a pass, and then Cozad was brought back to a project that by then was being called Moscow. The launching point of the film is one that gets a mention in Clancy’s The … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: In what becomes the first priority project for Robert and Susan Downey’s Team Downey production shingle, Warner Bros has hired Anthony Peckham to write Yucatan as a star vehicle for Downey. The Downeys will produce with Dan Lin. Peckham is being paid seven-figures to start over on a project that the studio has wanted to make for half a decade. Peckham will script the picture for Downey to play a renegade deep-sea salvage expert hired to steal a mysterious hidden treasure hidden deep underwater in the Mayan ruins of Yucatan. The project is based on an original story created by acting great Steve McQueen, who compiled 1500 pages of notes and storyboards that filled 15 notebooks. McQueen, who died in 1980, wrote the notes in the late 60s but never got to the start line on a project he very much wanted to star in.
The heist project was set up at Warner Bros in 2005, right after McQueen’s son Chad and godson Lance Sloane discovered the notebooks in an old trunk. It stalled until the Downeys took custody after they launched their first look deal at Warner Bros last June. That deal came after Downey starred in Sherlock Holmes and the upcoming Todd Phillips-directed comedy Due Date, and agreed to another Sherlock Holmes installment which he is currently shooting in the UK. Peckham has been a go-to writer for … Read More »