Neil Marshall Gets Behind The Wheel Of Drive

By Rafe Telsch 2008-03-20 08:20:13discussion comments
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I think there should be some sort of rule in Hollywood that a director who puts out an abysmal film should be forced to move back to production assistant for a few movies. That way, bad directors arenít completely drummed out of the business, but they have to view things from a lower position and maybe pick up a few reminders of how good movies are made. Neil Marshall would be at the top of my list for production assistant duty. His Doomsday was a disaster. Even worse, it was a disaster with a lot of potential, but Marshall managed to leave that completely untapped.

Instead of serving as a production assistant, Marshall is somehow getting another picture to helm. Variety reports that the director has signed on with Universal to direct an adaptation of James Sallisís novel Drive. Hell, heís not only getting a big budget picture, but currently Hugh Jackman is attached to star, assuming scheduling will allow his involvement.

Sallisís novel tells the story of a Hollywood stunt driver who doubles as a getaway man in robberies. Life is good until the driver discovers someone has put a contract out for his life.

Marshall seems excited about the project, telling the press ĒHoss[ein Amini] is a fantastic writer, and he's written three amazing car chases in the film. He's turned them into dramatic scenes as opposed to the usual crash, bang, wallop.Ē Itís a shame that, if Doomsday is any indication, weíll never actually see those scenes well enough to figure out whatís going on in the movie.

Drive isnít the only project on Marshallís slate. He also has a western/horror film at Universalís Rogue Pictures titled Sacrilege. Hereís hoping one of the two movies makes up for the offensive Doomsday. Marshall was considered to have a lot of potential after The Descent, but he needs to prove himself again before Iíll buy into the hype of his genius.
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