It looks like there’s just too much choice out there for director Tony Scott. The Top Gun director has several projects lined up to go – but he can’t just decide which to shoot first. There’s only one thing for sure, and that is that it looks like he’s out of the running to direct Wolverine 2.
The veteran helmer is pondering the John Grisham adaptation The Associate, which has Shia LaBeouf lined up to star; he also has his long-gestating Hell's Angels film, which also has LaBeouf onboard alongside Mickey Rourke. There’s also Potzdamer Platz, which would also star Rourke. Still with me?
So which film will Scott choose?
Deadline is reporting that the favorite projects on Scott’s list at this point are Potzdamer Platz and Hell’s Angels. Platz was recently out to market at Cannes, with Javier Bardem and Jason Statham also attached - although at this time only Rourke has signed on. The crime drama - written by Buddy Giovinazzo with rewrites by David Scinto and Louis Mellis - charts the story of two soldiers from a New Jersey crime family who try to expand internationally.
Angels, on the other hand, follows a young cop (LaBeouf) who infiltrates the infamous motorcycle club, while Rourke is set to play Sonny Barger, the man who changed the Hell's Angels from a local club into a national organization. Scott Frank’s (Out of Sight) script is imminent, so it could be a photo-finish as to which film the Scott chooses.
As for The Associate, it appears that Scott's interest in the project is a recent flirtation, probably due to him and Shia LaBeouf working together on Hell’s Angels. To be fair it doesn’t seem like Tony Scott's usual fare, but maybe he wants to stretch himself and try something different. However, it does appear likely that the Grisham adaptation will have to look for someone else to call the shots.
Scott is one hell (no pun intended) of a director. The man knows how to shoot action and have strong manly characters doing strong manly things – something that is a rarity in Hollywood these days. By sheer coincidence, I’ve recently been watching quite a few Tony Scott movies like Top Gun, Crimson Tide and The Taking of Pelham 123. While the latter, (his latest effort) is disappointing, the other two still stand the test of time, with slick visuals and some very quotable lines.
In my opinion, Scott’s next choice should either be Potzdamer Platz or Hell’s Angels, as both sound like they have the potential to be badass - plus they both star Mickey Rourke. I mean, what’s not to like?
In the meantime, Scott’s next film Unstoppable with Denzel Washington and Chris Pine opens November 12th.