Spike is in talks to direct the thriller Nagasaki Deadline. Deadline (appropriate) reports that “The film focuses on a troubled FBI agent and his desperate race to thwart two terrorist attacks planned to unfold on American soil. The fed goes beyond obvious suspects to focus on theories that the crime is tied to historical events, as he races against the clock.” I really hope this is being pitched as “National Treature…with terrorism!”
Lee is executive producing the graphic novel adaptation Miss: Better Living Through Crime with Anton Fuqua attached to direct. We also reported at the beginning of the month that Spike Lee was filming a documentary in Haiti about the country’s devastating earthquake earlier this year. [Update: We’ve just received a press release from Alcon Entertainment regarding this story. You can check it out after the jump]
Here’s the press release:
SPIKE LEE IN TALKS TO DIRECT ‘NAGASAKI DEADLINE.’
ALCON ENTERTAINMENT TO FINANCE AND CO-PRODUCE ACTION THRILLER
LOS ANGELES, CA, JUNE 28, 2010–Spike Lee is in negotiations to direct the action thriller “Nagasaki Deadline.” Warner Bros.-based Alcon Entertainment will finance and co-produce with Kira Davis (8:38 Productions), and Jon Landau and Rae Sanchini, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEO’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.
“Nagasaki Deadline” screenwriters David and Peter Griffiths (“The Hunted,” “Collateral Damage”) will serve as executive producers on the project. William Broyles Jr. (“Castaway;” and Academy Award winning “Apollo 13”) re-wrote the Griffiths script, and the Griffiths completed a subsequent polish. The story revolves around an emotionally damaged FBI agent who must decipher historic events in a desperate race to avert a shocking terrorist plot.
Alcon’s Kosove and Johnson will co-produce with Jon Landau (“Titanic,” “Avatar”) and Rae Sanchini (“Titanic,” “True Lies”) and 8:38 Productions’ Kira Davis (“Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2”), who brought the project to Alcon.
States Johnson and Kosove: “This is an exciting, action-packed thriller, with epic scope, a thrilling, intelligent big screen tent pole for a worldwide audience. We are fans of Spike Lee’s work, and have great respect and admiration for his range and diversity, from “Do the Right Thing,” to “Malcolm X,” to “Inside Man.” He has a brilliant artistic sense for creating atmosphere and tension.”
Lee and Broyles are represented by CAA. The Griffiths are represented by Adam Levine at Verve.
Alcon’s next feature release is the urban comedy “Lottery Ticket,” starring Bow Wow and Ice Cube which opens August 20th via Warner Bros. They just wrapped principle photography in New York on “Something Borrowed” starring Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin and John Krasinski.