Legendary Pictures has picked up an untitled superhero heist movie. They closed the deal for the project with Chris Baugh and Brendan Mullin, the filmmaking duo behind Bad Day for the Cut, an Irish revenge tale that premiered at last year’s Sundance Film Festival.
With the popularity of the superhero genre still going strong, it makes sense that Legendary would want to jump in on the action. In 2018, superhero movies have been booming at the box office with Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War currently topping the chart for this year’s domestic grosses, reaching $700 million and $678 million respectively. Fans show little signs of tiring of their favorite caped crusaders, but with so many films already slated to come out in the next few years, it can be easy to get lost in the shuffle. That’s where Legendary’s superheroes with a twist comes in, promising to subvert expectations and give audiences something they haven’t seen before.
According to Collider, Legendary’s new project is a mashup of the superhero and heist genres. The film will be about a group of criminals who stage a heist on a superhero’s lair when things go horribly awry and they have to flee. Both Baugh and Mullin will produce the film with Baugh directing.
Legendary partnered on this year’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, as well as Pacific Rim: Uprising, and Skyscraper, both of which underperformed at the box office. The studio has a number of projects currently in the works, including the continuation of the MonsterVerse with Godzilla: King of Monsters and Godzilla vs. Kong. Legendary is attempting to challenge the video game movie adaptation curse with Detective Pikachu staring Ryan Reynolds.
Although superhero movies remain popular and successful for studios, there are plenty who failed to impress. Even including familiar and beloved heroes isn’t enough to draw crowds, as seen in the underwhelming performances of Justice League and the Amazing Spider-Man films. What has helped some films has been a studio’s willingness to try something new and unexpected. Deadpool and Logan gave viewers darker and more twisted films, going for an R rating when it was still believed that superhero movies needed to be PG-13 to turn a profit. Those movies are prime examples for why taking risks can be worth it to studios. A heist film where the superhero is the antagonist could prove the perfect twist to a genre prone to clichés. While little is currently known about this new project, it sounds like an interesting new take on the familiar superhero story.