Warner Bros. Picks Up Shane Black’s NICE GUYS Starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe

     July 10, 2014


Writer/director Shane Black’s long-in-the-works 1970s-set noir film The Nice Guys could finally be coming to fruition.  Last month, we learned that the Joel Silver-produced project was picking up steam with Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe circling the lead roles of a private detective and a muscle-for-hire who are brought together to investigate the suicide of a fading porn star.  It’s the kind of hard-boiled, noir-tinged project that seems a perfect fit for Black, so fingers were crossed that the pic could finally come together.  Evidently all that wishing and hoping paid off, as Warner Bros. has now closed a deal to acquire the project, bringing it that much closer to being a reality.  More after the jump.

shane-black-the-nice-guysTHR reports the news that The Nice Guys has found a home in WB.  Written by Black and Anthony Bagarozzi, the story was initially envisioned as a TV series, but was repackaged as a film when the pilot never moved forward.  Neither Gosling or Crowe is officially signed on at this point, but they appear to have been part of the lucrative package that caught Warner Bros.’ eye.  The two certainly seem like swell fits, and the prospect of seeing them spout off Black’s dialogue in a 70s-infused world makes me very, very happy.

It’s unclear if this would be Black’s next project, but it’s certainly a possibility as he juggles a few highly intriguing properties after helming Iron Man 3 to $1.2 billion last year.  He’s been developing an adaptation of the 1930s-set pulp series Doc Savage for a bit, reportedly meeting with Chris Hemsworth for the lead role.  And he’s also working on this thing called Predator, as he’s attached to co-write and direct a new installment in the action franchise that he describes as an “inventive sequel”.

Again, we’re not sure which of these three projects will go first (though of the trio, Predator seems to be in the earliest stage of development), but The Nice Guys being set up at Warner Bros. gives that project significant momentum.  Whatever his next project is it’ll still be a Shane Black movie, and that in and of itself is reason to be excited.

  • donald

    I’m just hoping for a rockin’ 70′s soundtrack and some great facial hair.

  • Faptain America

    Having seen only Iron Man 3, I am of the opinion that Shane Black is overrated.

    • Jeremy Flores

      watch Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and the classics/cult classics that he has written.

    • donald

      Have you heard of a little motion picture called Lethal Weapon?

    • Strong Enough

      wait wait wait bwawawawawa. The man has a legendary history and you base him off of IM3? ha ha hahahahaha

      • Werefon

        Yeah, I guess one twist (that was good because Mandarin sucks anyway) takes off all credibility created for years of good movies.

        At least kids say so. It must be true.

      • Werefon

        I hope he gets to Sexual Tyrannosaurus right after Nice Guys. We need that boy in good shape again, NOW!

      • Faptain America

        He’s directed a grand total of two movies. Sure, I’ll watch KKBB some time. Doc Savage sounds like a good project though.

      • Strong Enough

        You have to check out things he’s written for

    • sandrabjock

      just before I looked at the receipt ov $8130 , I
      didn’t believe that my sister woz like actualy bringing in money part-time from
      there pretty old laptop. . there aunts neighbour has been doing this 4 only
      about 22 months and at present repayed the mortgage on their appartment and
      bought themselves a Chrysler . see here C­a­s­h­f­i­g­.­C­O­M­

    • lordjim

      then you are too young to rate anybody.

  • Dan_K

    HELL yes. I can’t get enough Shane Black. I’m loving his renaissance.

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  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    Really excited for this film. I loved Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and found 70% of Iron Man 3 entertaining (god I hated the Mandarin twist and thought they should have toned down some of the comedic elements) and of course his screenplays for LW 1 & 2 are some of the best in the buddy action films. W Crowe and Gosling as the leads this could be a great film.

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