- Forget Bourne. Brit writer-director Paul Greengrass is writing Memphis, a Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic that focuses on the events--both personal and professional--that lead to his assassination on April 4, 1968. There are plenty of assassination reports and conspiracy theories to work with. Greengrass's studio relationship is with Universal; Scott Rudin is in discussions to produce the film with Greengrass at the studio's specialty arm, Focus Features.
- Hot-as-flapjacks The Fighter director David O. Russell may rewrite and direct Steven Grant's graphic novel 2 Guns with Vince Vaughn and (rumored) Owen Wilson at Universal. Blake Masters (writer for TV shows Law & Order: Los Angeles, Rubicon and Brotherhood) wrote the first screenplay. Tower Books lays out the 2 Guns pulpy plot:
"Trench has targeted a local bank to rob, and asked Steadman in on the job. Trench figures it's a great way to score -- considering it's a cover for mob money. They'll be thieves ripping off thieves. But what Steadman doesn't know is that Trench is a DEA agent. And what Trench doesn't know is that Steadman's a Naval Intelligence officer. They're both cops! And neither one knows that they're not robbing the mob, they've been set up to steal $50 million from the CIA! A light-hearted crime romp in the vein of Ocean's Thirteen and The Italian Job."