Apparently this week is international Director Attachment Week and nobody told us, so to recap, here are the major project signings that went public this week.
After The Grey rightfully punched the box office in the face with broken bottle knuckles, Joe Carnahan revealed that he would be directing a remake of the Charles Bronson-starring 1974 vigilante flick Death Wish. MGM and Paramount will be jointly producing the film, but we do not know who Carnahan will cast in the lead role of an everday man who starts executing street trash after a gang of punks kills his family, but we do know that he's relocating the film from New York to L.A.:
I'm doing 'Death Wish.' But this version is a re-imagining of the book and set in present day Los Angeles. The L.A. of 'Collateral.' It's on buses, cabs, metro trains. I want to show an unseen version of L.A. L.A. on foot. Prowling. Hunting. The vast emptiness of downtown.
Death Wish isn't the only project Carnahan was tied to this week. He'll also be writing and directing Cross Brothers for Jason Bateman's production company, Aggregate Films. It'll be developed for Universal, but other than that, all we really have is the title.
The Harry Potter champion has his name associated with a number of pictures already, but now that list has grown by one. The Playlist shares that Yates is now also attached to A Reliable Wife, a Sony-produced adaptation of Robert Goolrick's novel of the same name about a man in the 1890s who advertises he needs a wife, only to discover the winning applicant has nefarious plans for his fortune.
The Captain America director will exchange the big budget world of superheroes for a low-budget thriller called Not Safe For Work. Written by Simon Boyes and Adam Mason, a duo that have a track record of making intense and gritty indie horror movies like Broken and The Devil's Chair, the film follows, "a young paralegal who is trapped in the office with a killer on a mission to destroy files for another corporation." Jason Blum (Insidious, Sinister) will be producing via his Blumhouse Pictures.
Gus Van Sant
Arthouse favorite Gus Van Sant will be taking over the director's chair from Matt Damon on The Promised Land. The film has had a number of heavy hitting creatives involved during its development cycle, including an original screenplay by Dave Eggers (Where the Wild Things Are), which is now being re-written by stars Damon and John Krasinski. The plot is hazy at this point, but it concerns an executive who arrives in a small town only to find his life is in need of changing.