Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling are circling the leads to star in the film about a private eye investigating the apparent suicide of a fading porn star in 1970s Los Angeles. He soon uncovers a conspiracy.
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- Garth Franklin
Writer/director Shane Black’s long-in-the-works 1970s-set noir film The Nice Guys could finally be coming to fruition. Last month, we learned that the Joel Silver-produced project was picking up steam with Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe circling the lead roles of a private detective and a muscle-for-hire who are brought together to investigate the suicide of a fading porn star. It’s the kind of hard-boiled, noir-tinged project that seems a perfect fit for Black, so fingers were crossed that the pic could finally come together. Evidently all that wishing and hoping paid off, as Warner Bros. has now closed a deal to acquire the project, bringing it that much closer to being a reality. More after the jump. THR reports the news that The Nice Guys has found a home in WB. Written by Black and Anthony Bagarozzi, the story was initially envisioned as a TV series, »
- Adam Chitwood
Warner Bros. has acquired North American rights to the project, which is being produced by Joel Silver. “Nice Guys” re-teams the studio with Black and Silver, both who rose to prominence nearly three decades ago via the “Lethal Weapon” franchise — followed by Silver’s public split with Warners two years ago.
The script, co-written by Black with Anthony Bagarozzi, is set in Los Angeles during the 1970s and centered on a pair of detectives investigating the seeming suicide of a female porn star whose career was on the decline — leading to the uncovering of a criminal conspiracy.
The script has been in development for several years. In 2011, the Austin Film Festival held a staged reading, with Black directing, and offered this logline:
“In smoggy 1970s Los Angeles, Jackson Healy (muscle-for-hire, »
- Dave McNary
Warner Bros. has closed a deal for the North American distribution rights for The Nice Guys, a period noir project from Shane Black that has Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe attached to star. The deal puts the studio back in business with the man who created the Lethal Weapon franchise for Warners in the late 1980s and who made his directorial debut with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. The latter, which relaunched Robert Downey Jr.'s career, was also distributed by Warners. List Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films Joel Silver, who produced both Weapons movies and Bang Bang, is producing Nice Guys, which is
- Borys Kit
Warner Bros. is in the early stages of making a deal to acquire U.S. rights to Shane Black's noir film “The Nice Guys,” an individual familiar with the Ryan Gosling-Russell Crowe project has told TheWrap. A representative for Warners did not respond to multiple requests for comment over the past two days. Joel Silver is producing via his Silver Pictures banner. Black and Anthony Bagarozzi wrote “The Nice Guys” years ago, but the project has been languishing in development until recently gaining new momentum. The duo actually staged a public reading of the script in October 2011 at the Austin Film Festival. »
- Jeff Sneider
Warner Bros has emerged as the frontrunner for the hot project in town. The studio is in talks for U.S. and Canadian rights for The Nice Guys. Reps for the sellers say others are not out of the mix yet, but it sounds like this is how it will go down. It could be a big project. Shane Black will direct, and Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling are circling the leads. This is a script that Black co-wrote with Anthony Bagarozzi, and Joel Silver is producing. It would reunite the writer and producer with the studio that made Lethal Weapon, […] »
Some time ago, we got word that Shane Black would be directing an English-language adaptation of the Japanese manga Death Note. Since then, though, we haven’t heard much about the project at all. So we were disappointed but not terribly surprised to hear that he’s no longer set to helm. Instead, according to a new […]
- Angie Han
Three years ago, it was revealed that Warner Bros hired Shane Black (Iron Man 3) to direct a live-action adaptation of the Japanese manga series "Death Note." But Black has recently signed on to direct a "Predator" sequel, and in the process, dropped out of "Death Note." The studio quickly started looking for his replacement, and now comes word that Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk) has signed on to direct. "Death Note" revolves around Light, a bright student who stumbles across a mystical notebook that has the power to kill any person whose name he writes in it. Light decides to launch a secret crusade to rid the streets of criminals. Soon, he finds himself pursued by a famous FBI criminal profiler known only by the alias L. »
"Death Note" would have been a very strange Shane Black movie. That alone seems like a reason to have been excited about the possibility of seeing it, but in the grand scheme of things, it seems like a better fit for Shane Black to move on to a new "Predator" movie. Besides, the notion of seeing Gus Van Sant direct a new take on this highly-acclaimed and very strange title is fairly provocative in a different way, and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't excited to see what he does with it. The original manga series was by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, and it tells the story of a high school student who finds a notebook that grants whoever owns it the ability to kill anyone simply by writing their name in the notebook. By using it, he draws the attention of the Shinigami, a disturbing race of inter-dimensional death gods. »
- Drew McWeeny
I’d have to say that 1987 was one of my favorite years to be a young movie fan. Because we didn’t have a ton of money, my mom and I would spend most of our weekends at the drive-in taking in double features of all kinds of now-classic films, which included John McTiernan’s eternally badass Predator.
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Jesse Ventura, Bill Duke, Shane Black, Sonny Landham and Kevin Peter Hall as the titular intergalactic hunter, Predator opened at number one the weekend of June 12th despite receiving a lackluster response from critics at the time. Predator’s theatrical success would continue for another six weeks, with McTiernan’s genre-bending blockbuster eventually taking in almost $60 million during its run that summer.
- Heather Wixson
It's been well over a year since we've had anything to report about the long-gestating live action adaptation of the Japanese manga series Death Note, which Shane Black was originally hired to direct.
Now it seems he's off the project, and The Tracking Board reports today that Gus Van Sant will direct the film for Warner Bros. Yes, That Gus Van Sant, the man behind the camera for films like Good Will Hunting, Milk, and that remake of Psycho we choose to ignore here on Dread Central.
- John Squires
According to The Tracking Board, the long gestating Us adaptation of the popular Japanese manga Death Note may be getting new director. Shane Black (Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, Iron Man 3) had been attached to direct for the last couple years, but now that he is working on the Predator reboot sequel it appears he has had to drop out. They report that Gus Van Sant (Psycho, Good Will Hunting) has been tapped to take over.
For those unfamiliar, Death Note “follows the story of a high school student who finds a mysterious notebook that lets him instantly kill any person by writing their name in the book. As the student’s body count piles up, a nameless FBI agent begins tracking him.”
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- Chris Connors
Three years ago it was announced that a live action feature film adaptation of the anime and Japanese manga Death Note would be directed by Iron Man 3's Shane Black. It seems Black has dropped out of the project, and Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant could be stepping in to take his place.
These are two very different directors with very different styles, and I never imagined that Van Sant would ever do an anime adaptation. The guy is very talented, he likes to experiment, and maybe this is just something he would like to try his hand at.
The news comes from The Tracking Board, and they give no reason as to why Black left. I can only imagine that if he's been working on this for three years and nothing has come together that he'd be ready to move on. Then there's also the fact »
- Joey Paur
Now that Shane Black has moved on to direct a Predator sequel at Fox, with writer Fred Dekker, that leaves the American version of Death Note looking for a new helmer. Black had been attached to the project, but recent rumblings have confirmed that the producers were looking for someone new to shepherd the film. They may have found their man in Gus Van Sant (Psycho, Milk), reports Tracking Board.
- Ryan Turek
Well, here's a surprising pairing of director and material ...While it's been known for quite some time that there was a Hollywood adaptation of hugely popular Japanese manga Death Note - already adapted to the big screen in Japan - there's been no news on the project in quite a while. Shane Black was reportedly attached to direct as recently as last year but has moved on and now, according to The Tracking Board, Black has been replaced by Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant. Black leaves behind the current draft of the script, which he co-wrote along with Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry.Van Sant is, to put it mildly, a surprising choice to tell the story of a high school student who discovers...
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Shane Black and Gus Van Sant couldn’t be more different as filmmakers. Black is a pillar of pop culture cheekiness, known for sticking jokey asides into his screenplays and mining glib wisecracks out of pulpy genre fare (ranging from Lethal Weapon, to his directorial debut, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, to last year’s Iron Man 3); he’s also obsessed with Christmas. Van Sant, meanwhile, takes himself more seriously, outputting a fluctuating mix of topical neo-realist dramas (Elephant), biopics (Milk, Last Days), and hits like Good Will Hunting, with occasional disasters such as Psycho sprinkled in between.
So the idea of Black jumping ship on a project and handing the wheel over to Van Sant seems kind of ...
- Andy Crump
Some time ago, Shane Black (Iron Man 3, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) was attached to direct an American adaptation of Death Note, the popular manga that has spawned an anime and live-action features. The story itself revolves around a student how comes into possession of a notebook that has the power to kill any person who's name is written in it. Black actually seemed like the perfect fit for the job, not only having a knack for delivering interesting dialogue (despite the fact he would only »
- Sean Wist
The story revolves around a college student named Light who finds a mysterious notebook which has the unique power to kill anyone whose name is written in it.
When the student uses his newfound power to rid the streets of criminals, he is pursued by an FBI criminologist. The title has already spawned a number of features and TV shows.
Source: The Tracking Board »
- Garth Franklin
A live-action Death Note movie has been in development at Warner Bros. since 2009 and at one time, had Shane Black attached to write and direct the project. However, the latest from The Tracking Board has director Gus Van Sant jumping on board to take the reins. Most of the Western audience probably knows the property best as an anime that ran on Cartoon Network's Toonami and Adult Swim programming block from 2007 - 2010. There have been three live-action Death Note films produced from Japanese film studio Nippon Television - Death Note (June 2006), Death Note: The Last Name (November 2006) and the spinoff film, L: Change the World (February 2008). As recent as April 2013, Shane Black confirmed that he was still attached to helm the project, however, it was also revealed around the same time that there were creative differences between he and WB regarding Light's mission and »
Washed-up private eye Joe Hallenbeck (Bruce Willis) hooks up with down-and-out ex-quarterback Jimmy Dix (Damon Wayans) to try to find out who murdered the football player's stripper girlfriend (Halle Berry). The trail leads into a violent world of political corruption and high-stakes gambling as bullets fly and the body count gets higher. Director Tony Scott is an old hand at this turb-charged mayhem while Shane Black's script feeds Willis plenty of wisecracks. »
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