By Charlie Schmidlin | The Playlist March 5, 2012 at 2:16PM
No matter the criticisms of American jingoism or just sub-Greengrass, “gritty” filmmaking, the Navy SEAL showcase “Act of Valor” has nonetheless proven a formidable attraction for mainstream audiences and military enthusiasts alike. Coming off its second weekend of release, with $13.7 million to show for it, word is still out on how much Navy recruitment numbers have risen, but for the film's co-director Mike “Mouse” McCoy, its success has landed him a solo directing opportunity in the form of “God's Gulch.”
Deadline reports that the drama will be financed and produced by McCoy's company Bandito Brothers, and follows a group fighting for survival “in the wake of the entire computer network shutting down and the ensuing economic and societal collapse.” Written by Brooks McClaren, who made waves in 2010 with his Black List-approved script “How It Ends,” this newest film sprung from an idea that McCoy and he brainstormed together, no doubt after a particularly sugar-addled, post-apocalyptic discussion of “Margin Call.”
The film seems a suitable progression for Bandito Brothers, which to date has already inked a solo directing deal for the other director of 'Valor' Scott Waugh, with the car chase picture “High Speed.” Little animosity stands between the co-directors, however, as both men will take on their individual projects after they co-helm the Arnold Schwarzenegger actioner “Black Sands,” which aims for a summer start date.