Focus Features has acquired Times Square. That is to say, the crime thriller script from Taylor Materne and Jacob Rubin that landed on the Black List. Justin Lin has been tapped to direct the picture, which takes place during “the last days of the old Times Square when it was transitioning from a seedy lawless midtown Manhattan dump to a family friendly corporate mecca.” That sets the stage for a young man with a secret past whose loyalties are torn between the neighborhood boss who raised him and a veteran ex-cop who tries to protect him. Chernin Entertainment, Perfect Storm and Far Hills Pictures will produce. Hit the jump for more.
Deadline reports that Lin will helm the Focus Features thriller, Times Square. After directing the last four Fast & Furious films, Lin is currently busy at the helm of the CBS pilot, Scorpion. He’ll get back in franchise mode as he heads up the next installment of the Bourne franchise, with Jeremy Renner returning. The Bourne Legacy sequel is set to open on August 14, 2015. He’s also attached to direct L.A. Riots, which was scripted by Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave writer, John Ridley.
Lin is also expanding his slate of films to produce, including an adaptation of the Sundance documentary, The Battered Bastards of Baseball, and the high-concept Toymageddon, which he may also direct.
For those of you to whom a Times Square movie sounds familiar, let me just state that this new film in all likelihood has nothing to do with the 1980 R-rated punk music drama starring Tim Curry, of which you may watch the trailer below if you are so inclined: