McG In Talks To Direct Teen Thriller Puzzle Palace
You may still not know his name, but David Guggenheim is having one hell of a year. While his only other credit before this year was as an office production assistant on the 1997 movie Addicted To Love, he has four scripts currently in active development, two of which have completed filming and are now in post-production. These projects include the Daniel Espinosa-directed Safe House and the Simon West-helmed Medallion (the two that have completed filming) as well as the superhero project 364, which has Ron Howard attached. The only movie he has that doesn't already have a director involved is the police drama Puzzle Palace, but that's close to being fixed.
Deadline reports that McG is now in talks to direct the Guggenheim script. The film is described as a teen thriller that focuses on a kid who is locked inside of a police station. After discovering a nest of crooked cops, he has to steal evidence and find a way to escape before it's too late. The project is housed at Summit Entertainment where Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen, producers of the Twilight franchise, are handling it.
The project would be the first time that McG has helmed a movie for Summit as both Charlie's Angels movies were made with Sony and both We Are Marshall and Terminator Salvation were under the Warner Bros. banner. The filmmaker's most recent project, This Means War starring Tom Hardy, Chris Pine and Reese Witherspoon, is being distributed by 20th Century Fox and will arrive in theaters on February 17th, 2012, only a week after the release of the aforementioned Safe House.
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