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McG Takes Over Submarine Thriller Hunter Killer

The submarine thriller Hunter Killerhas been getting passed around in Hollywood for years now. For some time it looked as though Phillip Noyce would be handling the project, but after only a few months decided to drop it. Antoine Fuqua was the next name attached, but he decided to make the "Die Hard in the White House' thriller Olympus Has Fallen instead. The film has spent the last few months still stuck in development hell, but now it appears that it may have found a new director to take the wheel.

Variety has learned that McG, known for movies like Terminator Salvation, Charlie's Angels, and This Means War, is now in talks to be the latest filmmaker to try and make Hunter Killer. The project would reunite the director with the producing company Relativity Media, which is behind his next film 3 Days To Kill (starring Kevin Costner). The project is an adaptation of the novel "Firing Point" by Don Keith and George Wallace and tells the story of a young submarine captain who must work with a Navy SEAL team to help rescue Russia's president and potentially stop events that could lead to World War III. Jamie Moss, John Kolvenbach and Arne Schmidt are credited with writing the script while Neal Moritz and Toby Jaffe (the Total Recall remake) will be producing.

While Gerard Butler was attached to star when Fuqua was in charge, that is no longer the case. McG is planning to have 3 Days To Kill in theaters this year, meaning that he could get to work on Hunter Killer very soon. Keep your eye out for casting updates.

Eric Eisenberg

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