THR says that five years after his brilliantly underwatched directorial debut Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, Shane Black is getting back behind the camera for a movie called Cold Warrior. Black is probably best known as the scribe behind Mel Gibson’s Lethal Weapon movies, and much as I love those movies, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang is even better. Black has talent as both a writer and a director. It’s great to see him getting more work.
Black’s Cold Warrior will star Mel Gibson as a Cold War era spy who comes out of retirement to take on a domestic terrorism threat from, weirdly enough, Russia. Who knew they had any fight left in them? Mel’s retiree is paired up with a younger agent to stop the Ruskies.
If there’s any downside here at all, it’s that Black wasn’t involved in writing it. Instead this is based on a script from someone named Charles Mondry, who probably can’t write insanely cool dialogue in quite the same way Shane can. Maybe when no one’s looking, he can give it a second pass.
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