Tony Scott To Direct Submarine Drug Trade Thriller 'Narco Sub'

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by Kevin Jagernauth
November 28, 2011 7:51 PM
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It seems that not even the Thanksgiving weekend can't stop either of the Scott brothers from attaching themselves to a project. This time around, it's Tony Scott and with comparisons being made to his previous films "Crimson Tide" and "Man On Fire," we guess we're not suprised that he's now signed on for "Narco Sub."

As the title implies, the story will center around the submersible vehicles South American drug cartels use to smuggle cocaine into the United States, but any other details on the script are being kept from view for now. However, this one does come from the hot pen of David Guggenheim, who is quickly turning into the genre film equivalent of Allan Loeb (though hopefully better). Even though none of his scripts have been produced, he's been riding a big wave of hype since selling "Safe House" last year (which hits theaters in a couple of months). He's also got his screenplay "Medallion" coming to theaters in 2012 and a handful of other projects in development but we'll soon see if he's been worth the big bucks and power lunches this guy has been getting.

As for Scott, you might as well just toss this one on the pile of movies he might direct next, a list that like his brother Tony, is always lengthy. He's been aching to do "Hell's Angels" for a while, but it seems that one is continually stalled out. He's got a remake of "The Wild Bunch" brewing for some reason, "Potzdamer Platz" kicking around, an adaptation of John Grisham's "The Associate" in the works and "Top Gun 2" which always seems to be bubbling beneath the surface. So where will "Narco Sub" fit into all of those? Guess we'll just have to wait and see. Both Scott brothers tend to give themselves lots of options before jumping to anything next.

At any rate, "Narco Sub" -- for better or worse -- sounds perfectly Tony Scott-esque. "Unstoppable" was a step back in the right direction for the helmer, though this film could quickly find him indulging in his worst tendencies (lots of filters; rapid edit action sequences etc) that the relative simplicity of the runaway train movie found him avoiding. Anyway, an interesting prospect nonetheless. [Variety]

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3 Comments

  • Josselin | November 29, 2011 8:17 AMReply

    "Like his brother Tony" should probably say "Ridley".

    Also, I remember back when Domino came out, he wanted to direct a remake of The Warriors. I guess his "punk" period lasted about two hours.

  • The Arts | November 28, 2011 10:35 PMReply

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  • padre | November 28, 2011 9:25 PMReply

    Hold up! Anything to do with Tony Scott automatically becomes the most important news on the site. Tony Scott can do no wrong! He is a sadly overlooked director, but he makes most of the rest of them look like rank amateurs.

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