After the surprise hit of the military thriller Act of Valor earlier this year, director Mike McCoy is set to go once more into the breach with Line of Sight. The Warner Bros. picture and Joel Silver production centers on an elite commando unit tasked with transporting sensitive cargo amidst an impending global threat. The twist on this tale is that it will be told from a point of view similar to a first-person shooter. Perhaps that’s why Peter O’Brien, who wrote the video game Halo: Reach, was brought in to polish up the F. Scott Frazier spec script. Heat Vision also reports that Ben Affleck was previously attached to direct, but left the picture, which allowed the Bandito Brothers director to step in.
Ben Affleck is currently at work directing and starring in the Iranian hostage drama Argo but he’s already eyeing his next feature. According to THR, Affleck is in talks to direct the action flick Line of Sight for Warner Bros. and producers Joel Silver (The Matrix) and Andrew Rona (Unknown). The plot “centers on an elite commando squad transporting cargo while dealing with a global threat.” Sounds a little generic, but Affleck has brought his own edge to noir and heist flicks, so this could be interesting. Oh, wait. There’s more: “One of the conceits of the movie is that it tells the tale from a point-of-view akin to a first-person shooter game.” Hooray. As we previously reported, Halo: Reach writer Peter O’Brien came on board to work on the script and now it looks like we know why. Perhaps Affleck could bring something to the film that makes the FPS conceit more than a gimmick. Or the movie could simply be Call of Duty but you’re not allowed to play and when a character dies there’s not a trite quotation about war.
Argo starts shooting next month in Los Angeles. In addition to Affleck, the film also stars Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, and Alan Arkin (if you needed more reasons to be excited about it).
Apparently impressed by his experience writing for elite soldiers fighting on an intergalactic scale, Warner Bros. has tapped Halo: Reach scribe Peter O’Brien to write its action project Line of Sight. The blockbuster video game not only helped O’Brien move up the studio’s radar, but it should also be great preparation for Line of Sight which Heat Vision describes as centering on “an elite commando squad transporting cargo while dealing with a global threat.” Per the report, the actioner is being co-produced by Joel Silver and Andrew Rona and is part of Warner Bros.’ increased emphasis on projects that “go boom” in an attempt to imitate the success Universal had with its smash-hit Fast Five.
As for O’Brien, in addition to penning Reach and now landing Line of Sight, the scribe also has his 2008 Black List script Unlocked set up at Warner Bros. and has found work on director Marc Forster’s (Quantum of Solace) The Chancellor Manuscript and Fox 2000′s adaptation of the British mini-series The Jury.
Variety reports that director Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace) has signed on to helm an adaptation of the Robert Ludlum thriller The Chancellor Manuscript. The book, which Peter O’Brien will adapt, centers on Peter Chancellor (wordplay!) who turns in a manuscript (ah, now it’s coming together) about powerful Washington D.C. folks who are blackmailed into altering U.S. policies. That is so wrong. Only organizations and companies with ungodly sums of money should be able to do that.
Paramount paid $4 million for the rights back in 2005 and that makes a lot of sense when you consider that Ludlum’s novels were the inspiration for the highly successful Bourne franchise (even though the books have eventually became a source for the titles as the plot of The Bourne Ultimatum film bears almost no resemblance to the book). Other Ludlum thrillers in the pipeline include The Sigma Protocol, which Universal is developing, and The Matarese Circle, which has David Cronenberg attached to direct, and Denzel Washington and Tom Cruise attached to star.
Forster has received some acclaim in the past for his films Finding Neverland and The Kite Runner, but the guy has never really impressed beyond some slightly clever touches to Stranger Than Fiction. Quantum just informed me that the guy is not to be trusted with action movies. That movie has four chase scenes and they’re all incredibly dull. Hopefully, he’ll change my opinion with this new movie.