David O. Russell has been in a lot of headlines lately. Even before the video game fanperson nation went all up in arms over the still-technically-unconfirmed casting of Mark Wahlberg in the lead role for Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune over fan favorite and actual game voice/likeness subject Nathan Fillion, his name was being thrown around in association with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which he scripted and was going to direct before Uncharted came along. There’s also this little movie he did, The Fighter, that is generating quite a bit of awards season buzz. Now he’s in yet another headline for yet another fanfolk-friendly project: an adaptation of the Steven Grant graphic novel 2 Guns.
Russell is in early talks to step in for a rewrite of the script, Deadline reports. Vince Vaughn is attached to star in the Universal Studios release, which is being produced by Marc Platt, Andrew Crosby and Boom! Studios. I somehow doubt this will de-rail Russell’s Uncharted plans, since (a) he’s still just in “early talks” and (b) from the sound of things right now, it’s just a writing gig. Who knows how any of that could change though?
I’m sorry to say that I’ve never read 2 Guns myself. The Amazon product listing describes it as a story about “cops and thieves and the men that are something in between.” The plot follows a DEA agent named Trench and a Naval intelligence officer named Steadman who, each unaware of the other’s true identity, are trying to set one another up. What neither man realizes is that they themselves are being set up to rob a boatload of money from the CIA. Twisty! I’ll have to read this one.
For those who don’t know, Grant contributes to a regular column over on CBR, Permanent Damage, which you should definitely check out.
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