Doug Liman To Take Over Drug Smuggling Action Film Narco Sub
After releasing the Tom Cruise-starring big-budget sci-fi action thriller Edge of Tomorrow next June, director Doug Liman will be taking on a drama about a deaf cellist involved in a low-stakes chess tournament. Just kidding! Heís going right back to making another action flick, as TheWrap reports he is in early talks with 20th Century Fox to take over controls of Narco Sub, which Tony Scott was attached to direct a couple of years ago before his untimely death.
Weíre assuming theyíre sticking with the same screenplay written by Safe House scribe David Guggenheim, who developed the project with Simon Kinberg, who wrote the scripts for Limanís Jumper and Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Kinberg will also be producing through his Genre Films, along with Scott Free productions.
The film sounds like itís right up Limanís alley, set in the dangerous world of drug smuggling. The title refers to the semi-submersible crafts that South American drug cartels have been using to ship cocaine into the U.S. without having to deal with land-based authorities. Granted, the subject matter was still pretty fresh when Scott was on board, and while itís still a relevant topic, I wonder if it will retain peopleís attention in a couple of years whenever it would probably see a release.
No other details about the script have been shared, but it was described originally as being similar to Crimson Tide and Man on Fire. I have to wonder if those comparisons were strictly meant for having Scott as a part of the project, given his frequent collaboration with Denzel Washington, who starred in both of those films. I mean, thereís still a good chance Washington will end up playing someone in this one as well, since he was also in Guggenheimís Safe House. Iím just waiting for a cast full of people who donít look South American.
Liman has been busy with Edge of Tomorrow (formerly All You Need is Kill) for quite a while now, having spent some of the last few months on reshoots. He has two other proposed projects floating around out there in various states of development, including the George Mallory-centered drama Everest with Tom Hardy attached to star, and the adaptation of Jack Finneyís time-shifting sci-fi novel Time and Again. Itís unclear whether Narco Sub would beat either of these films to production, but it should, considering itís had a finished script for two years now.
If youíre interested in the subject matter, take a peek at the National Geographic documentary concerning narcotic submarines below.
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