Ridley Scott Reteams With Steve Zaillian For The Day Britain Stopped

Steve Zaillian had a pretty damn amazing year last year. While he is certainly no stranger to success - he's been nominated for Oscars three different times and won in 1994 for his work on Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List - last year he had a hand in the screenplays for both Moneyball (for which he earned his fourth Oscar nod) and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. And now he's parlaying his continued success into a new collaboration with Ridley Scott.

According to THR, the writer and director are set to team up to produce The Day Britain Stopped, a disaster thriller that was originally made as a 2003 BBC pseudo-documentary. While the original film was about how a train strike set off a powder keg that led to a "meltdown of the country’s transport system," it would seem that Scott and Zaillian have a bigger picture in mind as a man-made disaster will lead to a global catastrophe (which renders the title meaningless, but whatever). Twentieth Century Fox will house the film and the filmmakers are currently looking for someone to handle the script. Scott and Zallian previously worked together on 2007's American Gangster and 2001's Hannibal.

In other Ridley Scott related news, his next film, The Counselor, has added yet another actor to the film's impressive cast. Variety says that Rosie Perez has signed on to the movie alongside Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, but the trade doesn't mention what role she will play. Based on an original screenplay by Cormac McCarthy, the film follows a lawyer (Fassbender) who tries to make a bit of extra money in the drug game, but quickly finds himself pulled in too deep.

The Counselor will begin production this September.

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