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Exclusive: FX is working on a series project based on the 2007 Korean movie Soo (aka Act of Revenge) with Barry Josephson (Life as We Know It) on board to executive produce. A History of Violence writer Josh Olson is writing the adaptation, a drama exploring the nature of identity through the lens of twin brothers -- one a detective and one a hitman. After witnessing the killing of his estranged twin brother, a hitman decides to assume his life and become a policeman to find those responsible. Olson is executive producing with Josephson Entertainment's Josephson and Alexander Young as well as Ted Kim and Jiwon Park from Korean entertainment giant Cj Entertainment which distributed the movie based on the South Korean graphic novel Double Casting by Shin Young-woo. Olson, repped by UTA and Benderspink, has several feature projects in development, One Shot at Paramount, Oz at Warners and a »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Paris -- Top U.S. screenwriters will be pushing their scripts over the borderline when the third annual "France: Unlimited Access" program kicks off on Sept. 19th in Metz and Nantes, French film commission Film France announced Monday.
After a first edition in Paris, Marseille and Provence followed by last year's romp through French Polynesia, this year, the program is titled "Cities on the Borders: Metz & Nantes."
Ten of Hollywood's finest scribes have been selected for the eight-day program organized by Film France and the Los Angeles Film and Television Office of the French Embassy with the help of the Lorraine and Loire Valley regions and several sponsors.
This year's crop of studio-friendly screenwriters includes: Stuart Beattie ("Collateral," "Pirates of the Caribbean," "Derailed," "3:10 to Yuma," "Australia," "G.I. Joe."), John Brancato and Michael Ferris ("The Game," "Terminator 3," "Terminator 4," "The Net," "Clones" and the upcoming "xXx3."), Peter Buchman ("Che"), Katherine Fugate ("Valentine's Day, »
- By Rebecca Leffler
It's been awhile since Christopher McQuarrie has sat in the director's chair. The last time he put the directorial stamp on a project was all the way in 2000 with "The Way of the Gun". Since then he's produced and written "Valkyrie" and the upcoming thriller "The Tourist". Now he might sit back in the director's chair with Paramount Pictures' "One Shot". "One Shot", which McQuarrie is already re-writing for the studio, is based off of several novels written by Lee Child. Each one of them focuses on military officer turned drifter Jack Reacher, but the film will be about a sniper wanted for murder. He eventually calls for the help from Jack Reacher, but things get even more strange as the sniper forgets what he can recall about the day in question. If Paramount pushes this out properly, this could be the start of a new franchise. There's about »
Inception boggles the mind at number one while Nic Cage and Jerry Bruckheimer’s Apprentice has no magic; Sandra Vergara joins Fright Night; Christopher McQuarrie has only One Shot; Sam Raimi’s Oz The Great And Powerful has a start date; Warner Bros. start World War X; two TV stars play Moneyball and lots more.
Anyone who didn’t think that Inception wouldn’t open at number one this weekend was very silly indeed. It wasn’t that the film wouldn’t open big, the question was “how big?” - $62 million is the answer. The Christopher Nolan directed film has won itself awesome reviews and strong word-of-mout, meaning that the film should have very impressive legs – if the average Joe isn’t put off by the complex plot. However, the marketing of “James Bond meets The Matrix” would imply that audiences will come.
The Leonardo DiCaprio »
- Niall Browne
His directorial debut was with the 2000 film, The Way of the Gun and he hasn’t directed any additional films since then, so we guess this could be just the perfect time…
The project is based on a series of novels written by Lee Child that center on Jack Reacher, a military police officer-turned-drifter.
The story of One Shot, the ninth book in the series, centers on “Jack Reacher, a military police officer-turned-drifter. He’s not looking for trouble. Sometimes trouble looks for Reacher.
A lone gunman hides in a parking garage and shoots into a crowd in a public plaza in a small Indiana city. Five random people die in a senseless massacre. The shooter leaves a perfect trail behind »
There are a few movies in this world where, if I hear that the top-level creatives are doing something else, I'm immediately interested. "The Usual Suspects" is one of them. Which brings us to today's news.
Christopher McQuarrie, who dared us all to ask the question "Who is Kaiser Soze?" in "The Usual Suspects," has been brought in to give a re-write to Josh Olson's script for "One Shot," adapted from the ninth book in Lee Child's Jack Reacher series. What's more, there's a chance he may direct it, making it his first time helming a movie since "The Way of the Gun" in 2000. The story follows "military police officer-turned-drifter" Jack Reacher as he helps out a military sniper who is facing a murder charge.
- Adam Rosenberg
The story is based on the ninth book by novelist Lee Child featuring his Jack Reacher character, a military cop turned drifter. In 'Shot', a military sniper accused of murder seeks out Reacher for help.
Mutual Film and Cruise/Wagner Prods., who originally opted the book series, are still attached to produce while McQuarrie will rework the script by Josh Olson ("A History of Violence"). The film marks McQuarrie's second time in director's chair following his 2000 effort "The Way of the Gun." »
- Garth Franklin
Paramount Pictures has hired Oscar winner Christopher McQuarrie ( The Usual Suspect , upcoming The Tourist , Jack the Giant Killer and Wolverine 2 ) to rework the thriller One Shot , with an eye to direct. The project is based on a series of novels written by Lee Child that center on Jack Reacher. "One Shot" is the ninth book in the series and is described as follows: Jack Reacher is working on his tan with a Norwegian blonde on the beach in Miami. The weather is hot and he is so cool you could skate on him. But he doesn't like to stick around. He likes to be on the move. He was in the machine his whole life. Then the machine coughed and spat him out. Now he takes it easy. He's not looking for trouble. But sometimes trouble looks for Reacher. A lone gunman »
Much of Christopher McQuarrie's success in screenwriting is paired with the success of Bryan Singer. Early on the two collaborated on the little known thriller Public Access only to break out with crime drama favorite The Usual Suspects. Over a decade later the two found reasonable success with Valkyrie. Between their collaboration, McQuarrie directed his first film to mixed reviews with The Way of the Gun in the year 2000. Now it looks like McQuarrie may be hopping in the director's chair again as Heat Vision reports he's been hired to rework the script for the thriller One Shot for Paramount and may potentially direct the film. Though the novel on which the film is based is actually the ninth in a series, this is still shaping up to be the start of a potentially lucrative new franchise for Paramount. Written by Lee Child, the series of novels center on »
- Ethan Anderton
Master of the twist-and-turn thriller Christopher McQuarrie looks like he may well be working himself up to jump back in the directors chair, as he has signed on to re-write the script for One shot, one of Lee Child's explosive Jack Reacher novels.
And although The Usual Suspects' McQuarrie provides safe hands for a big-screen incarnation of the ex-military policeman turned drifter, apparently rights to Child's various books in the series all rest in the hands of different studios, meaning that if One Shot had a shot at being a franchise, there might be a wrangle to get licenses all to the one place.
In the meantime though, this book has been bought up by none other than McQuarrie's Valkyrie star and friend Tom Cruise. However, there is no intimation that the Knight and Day actor would attempt to make the role his own, unless he planned on leg extensions, »
Christopher McQuarrie gives One Shot a rewriteThe Way of the Gun director Christopher McQuarrie has been set by Paramount to rework the thriller One Shot, with an eye to direct the project, according to Heat Vision.
The project is based on a series of novels written by Lee Child that center on Jack Reacher, a military police officer-turned-drifter. "One Shot," the ninth book in the series, tells the story of a military sniper accused of murder who seeks Reacher's help.
Paramount is developing the property as a potential franchise. No production date has been set.
One Shot is in development . »
Oscar-winning screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) has been hired by Paramount to rework the thriller One Shot, which he may also end up directing. Per Heat Vision, “The project is based on a series of novels written by Lee Child that center on Jack Reacher, a military police officer-turned-drifter. One Shot, the ninth book in the series, tells the story of a military sniper accused of murder who seeks Reacher’s help.” Not surprisingly, Paramount is hoping to develop the property into a franchise.
If McQuarrie were hired to direct, it would be his first film since the 2000’s astoundingly wretched The Way of the Gun (which he also wrote). McQuarrie recently handled the screenplays for the sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant Killer. »
- Matt Goldberg
It’s been 10 years since Christopher McQuarrie brought us his excellent directorial debut, The Way of the Gun. And now, according to the Heat Vision blog, it looks like he might pick up the megaphone again for Paramount’s thriller One Shot.For now, however, he’s definitely re-writing the movie, which will be adapted from Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels. The ninth one, to be exact, which finds a military sniper who is fighting a murder charge and asks Reacher, himself a heck of a sniper and the world's hardest man, for help.Given that Cruise/Wagner Productions originally optioned the books, it’s not a shocker that someone who has collaborated with Cruise in the past is now attached to work on it (since Reacher's 6'5", however, don't expect Cruise to go playing the role). Josh Olson wrote a draft of the movie, and now McQuarrie is »
You might know Christopher McQuarrie as the guy who brilliantly scripted 1995's The Usual Suspects. He also directed 2000's underrated The Way Of The Gun. Well, it seems McQuarrie will be not only rewriting a brand new adaptation for the big screen, but perhaps even directing it as well. The film is One Shot, based on a series of books by Lee Child, which focuses on a character named Jack Reacher, a military police officer-turned-drifter. One Shot, the ninth book in Child's series, »
- George Merchan
I got a little excited when I clicked open the source article that tells me Christopher McQuarrie has been hired to rework and possibly direct One Shot, based on the Lee Child novel of the same name. I love Child's novels, which follow ex-military policeman Jack Reacher as he drifts across America. They're perfect escapist entertainment: smart, taut and blessed with some fantastic action setpieces. (Thanks to Chud's Nick Nunziata for turning me on to the books many years ago.) It's inevitable that one of the books will become a movie eventually. I'd just like to see it be a good one. This could be the way. THR says that McQuarrie, who recently wrote Valkyrie, The Tourist and a draft of Wolverine 2 (and obviously The Usual Suspects), is rewriting the project for Paramount. Studio is "eying the property as a potential franchise." He'd be rewriting the last draft by A »
- Russ Fischer
Is Lee Child’s Jack Reacher finally going to punch and badass his way to the big screen? Possibly, if Christopher McQuarrie and Paramount have their way. The writer/director of “The Unusual Suspects” and “Persons Unknown” has boarded the studio’s “One Shot”, a big-screen adaptation of Child’s novel of the same name. “One Shot” is the ninth in the series, which means it’s one of the installments I haven’t gotten to yet, though that’s likely to change now that I know “One Shot” will be the first of what the studio is no doubt hoping will be a launching pad for a Jack Reacher franchise. The hero of “One Shot” is Jack Reacher, an ex-military policeman who spends his time wandering the byroads and backroads of America after leaving the Army. Since that in itself would make a boring novel, the laconic and slightly »
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