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David O. Russell & Ice Cube Team For Dirty Harry-Style Franchise

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist November 5, 2010 at 1:30AM

While David O. Russell failed to come away friends with George Clooney during his time on the set of "Three Kings" it looks like he and Ice Cube got along just fine. And now it seems the two are set to work together in the best idea we've heard in a while.
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While David O. Russell failed to come away friends with George Clooney during his time on the set of "Three Kings" it looks like he and Ice Cube got along just fine. And now it seems the two are set to work together in the best idea we've heard in a while.

Deadline reports that Russell has conceived a franchise idea that would follow "a plainclothes detective who's quick on the trigger in an R-rated raw drama that's thematically a throwback" to the Dirty Harry films. Joining up with New Line's chief Toby Emmerich, the duo has brought the project to Cube to play the lead role and now deals are in the works.

It's still fairly early in the game as story beats and even who will write the project are being worked out, but its expected that Russell will at least co-write. While it's not directly mentioned that Russell will direct, we would imagine its definitely in the cards. We must say how excited we are by the potential of an auteur driven franchise. Russell and Cube doing a gritty, '70s styled unhinged cop drama? Fuck. Yes.

Russell currently has a couple of other projects in the mix including "Old St. Louis," aiming for a spring shoot as well as the video game adaptation "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune." Meanwhile, Cube is presumably kicking ass in another cop drama, Oren Movernman's "Rampart" exploring the corruption within the LAPD in the early 1990s. But let's hope movement gets going on this project because this is one that doesn't deserve to wind up sitting in a desk drawer.

This article is related to: Actors, David O. Russell, Ice Cube


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