Ridley Scott and Steven Zaillian to Produce Reimagining of BBC Disaster Film THE DAY BRITAIN STOPPED

     July 26, 2012


Ridley Scott is adding yet another project to his immense docket, but this time he’ll only be involved as a producer.  Scott is teaming up with screenwriter Steven Zaillian (Schindler’s List, Moneyball) to produce a reimagining of BBC’s pseudo-documentary The Day Britain Stopped.  The original film, which could aptly be described as a faux-documentary, centered around a fictional disaster that is set into motion when Britain’s transport system melts down.  Hit the jump for more, including an embed of the original film.

ridley-scott-the-day-britain-stoppedThis isn’t the first time that Scott and Zaillian have collaborated, as Scott previously directed American Gangster based on a screenplay that Zaillian wrote.  Per THR, the two are currently looking for a writer to pen the disaster project for 20th Century Fox, but they stress that their iteration is more inspired by the first film instead of being a straightforward remake.  Their goal move forward “with the idea of using a manmade disaster to ignite a global catastrophe.”  It’s certainly an interesting conceit, and one that was brilliantly executed by Steven Soderbergh with last year’s fantastic thriller Contagion.

No word on whether they’ll retain the mockumentary style of the original film, use the ever-popular found-footage technique, or go the traditional route on the pic.  I’d really be interested to see a film of this scale done in the style of the first half of District 9, so my vote is to stick with the documentary feel.

You can watch The Day Britain Stopped, written and directed by Gabriel Range, below.

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