Ryan Reynolds and Bradley Cooper may be a couple of the busiest actors in Hollywood right now but that hasn’t stopped them from shopping for new projects.
Now, it sounds as if the A-list actors are about to team up for a new buddy cop movie.
Risky Business reports that Reynolds and Cooper are in the process of signing onto an original untitled action-comedy about, “two friends, who are also San Francisco cops, whose fathers were once partners on the police force. The older generation is forced out of retirement to help their sons crack a case, with typically antagonistic results.”
Before non-action fans write-off the movie, you should know the script was written by Sheldon Turner – who just won an Oscar for co-writing the Up in the Air script. Apparently, he fetched a seven-figure payday for his work on the upcoming buddy cop film.
The untitled project will be produced by Neal Moritz (The Bounty Hunter), Andrew Panay (Wedding Crashers), J.C. Spink, Chris Bender (A History of Violence) and Jonathan Komack Martin (Reynold’s Dark Trick Films partner). It isn’t set up at a major studio yet but could land at Sony – since Moritz’ Original Film company (Green Hornet) is located over there.
The film is said to have an “updated Lethal Weapon flavor that plays into edgier R-rated territory.” However, with two megastars like Reynolds and Cooper involved, it’s possible the film will get toned down for a PG-13 rating – in order to snag a wider audience (specifically the girls who go crazy for the actors).
The project was set up five years ago by Turner and Panay – at that time it was titled Blowback (I guess they’ve dropped that title). The film was originally set to star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
I’m a little surprised that both Reynolds and Cooper are on-board. Not that they make a bad duo, but neither of them are struggling for work (Reynolds has seven films in development, Cooper has six), and an action-comedy (one that doesn’t even have a title) seems like an odd choice.
Perhaps they were drawn to the project by Turner’s name, the chance to work together, or maybe there’s something special about the script that has yet to be revealed.
Whatever the reason, I’m pretty sure the film will do well at the box office. Much like another recent buddy cop movie, The Other Guys (which starred Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg), the two names attached to the untitled film are probably enough to get butts in the seats – no matter what the story.
Source: Risky Business