In April 2016, MGM
won an auction for a Max Landis
-penned underwater horror script, “Deeper
,” with Bradley Cooper
and “White God
” director Kornel Mundruczo attached. When the timing didn’t work for the talent, MGM pressed forward on the project, hiring Baltasar Kormakur (“Everest
”) last fall; in February, Idris Elba
was reportedly in talks to star. Today, Landis is the subject of a searing expose by Amy Zimmerman
in The Daily Beast — and, according to sources who requested anonymity, “Deeper
” has fallen apart.
Of course, movies come together or don’t all the time, for reasons large and small. However, this may be the first indication that Landis’ counterintuitive, decade-long career path — one that included making critically reviled films while enjoying a long-term reputation as an unabashed emotional and sexual abuser of women — is no longer one that will scale.
Landis first garnered attention as the screenwriter of Josh Trank
’s 2012 everyman-superhero film “Chronicle