'Pirates' Writer Readying 'Yucatan' For Robert Downey Jr.

Steve McQueen might have passed away over 30 years ago, but that won't stop him from continuing a strong film legacy that already includes classics like Bullitt, The Thomas Crown Affair and The Getaway. McQueen wanted to make an adventure film called Yucatan and developed 1,700 pages of material that were discovered in two trunks.

Deadline reports that Robert Downey Jr.'s Team Downey is aiming to bring the project to theaters with the Iron Man actor potentially set to star. To update the story, the company hired Terry Rossio to take a pass at the script, which centers on the search by a renegade salvage expert for Mayan treasure in the Yucatan Peninsula.

“To imbue a McQueen project with a sense of how he might have made it nowadays is a challenge and a thrill,” Downey said in a statement. “Rossio is more than a great writer, he’s the perfect fit to embrace the existential nature of the project with the action, story and characters that drive Yucatan.”

Rossio's resume includes films like Aladdin, Shrek, The Mask of Zorro, the Pirates of the Caribbean movies and The Lone Ranger, so he's got large epics with healthy doses of humor down.

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