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Tom Cruise steps back into the Big Man's shoes in the second in the Jack Reacher franchise, based on Lee Child's bestselling series of thrillers featuring Jack Reacher, a trouble-prone former MP turned drifter. This time out, Reacher resurfaces to help out an old army buddy, now the head of his former unit, played by Cobie Smulders, after she's been charged with murder. (Set to screen October 2016)
Last we heard (in March 2012), Peter Landesman was signed to script the adaptation of the Ross Macdonald novel The Galton Case, featuring private eye Lew Archer. It would be the first film in what Warner Bros. and producer Joel Silver hope will become a film franchise. Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman will be executive producers.
Now that he's tinkled all over Sherlock Holmes, the buzz is that Robert Downey, Jr. wants to make his mark on another beloved detective hero: Erle Stanley Gardner's slippery shyster, Perry Mason, and he and wants to do it as a period piece. Hmmm... and Johnny Depp has been tinkering with the idea of a Thin Man remake, also in period drag. Just a coincidence, I'm sure...
Miami Vice director Michael Mann was pitching a Leonardo DiCaprio untitled noir drama, written by John Logan, supposedly takes place on the old MGM lot in the 1930s. DiCaprio would play a private eye/studio fixer who cleans up after scandals created by its stars. He's hired to investigate a starlet accused of murdering her husband.
Nick Stahl (The Man Without a Face, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines) was set to play Ivy League student turned private eye Neal Carey in this adaptation of the 1991 novel by Don Winslow. Eric Bress was set to direct.
No, really. There was a lot of talk about this retro flick set in Hawaii, circa 1953, about a down-on-his-luck big-city detective who gets involved in a botched kidnapping that leaves a local island girl dead. Only problem is, she won't stay that way. And if the resulting flick was half as good as the comic book series by B. Clay Moore and Steven Griffin, it was gonna be a keeper. Johnny Knoxville was even rumoured to star, if this sucker ever gets made. It was pencilled in for a 2009 release.
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