Back in 2010 Paramount reportedly paid out a six-figure deal for Heatseekers, a spec script by George Mahaffey that sounds kind of like Point Break, but in the sky: “the story follows a young ex-military pilot who infiltrates a gang of aerial pirates working out of Bangkok and takes part in an elaborate tower heist using powered gliders and parachutes.”
There hasn't been a whole lot of forward movement on it since then, though that's understandable because Paramount has surely been busy trying to get the movies it has already made into good enough shape for release (here's looking at you, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters and World War Z). But now the studio's reenergized the project by attaching Russian director Timur Bekmambetov and writer F. Scott Frazier, who will be presumably punching up the script the studio already paid six figures for (good use of money, guys).
Michael Bay and his company Platinum Dunes are still onboard to produce, and that actually makes total sense, because if any name should be on a movie about the underground world of aerial pirates, it's Michael Bay. And it's certainly a unique, '90s-worthy premise, so we're intrigued, but after the disaster that was Bekmambetov's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, we're not exactly dying to see what he does next. But so long as Heatseekers isn't anywhere near as self-serious as Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, it might just be fun. We'll see.
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