Bobby Moresco, an Oscar winner for co-writing Crash, has signed on to direct the independent crime thriller The Harbor. According to Variety, Moresco adapted the screenplay from JP O’Donnell‘s novel Deadly Codes, “a redemptive tale of a shamed and discredited former Boston narcotics cop turned private investigator who takes on an intriguing murder case.” The plot thickens when the PI discovers the murder is part of a government conspiracy.
Moresco also penned a modern-day adaptation of Intimidation, the 1960 Japanese noir about “the intertwined fates of a desperate bank manager, blackmailed for book-cooking, and his resentful but timid underling, passed over for a promotion.” Moresco is in talks to direct Intimidation, but production on The Harbor is set to begin this fall, which keeps it first on Moresco’s schedule. Hit the jump for synopses for Deadly Codes and Intimidation.
Here’s the Deadly Codes synopsis:
In the thriller, Deadly Codes, Daniel Cormac Gallagher, Jr., a Boston private eye, is hired to investigate the death of Jennifer Clark, tragically killed in a car bombing in her own driveway.
Gallagher has been commissioned by Jeanne Campbell, Jennifer’s twin sister, to find a mysterious woman-Jennifer’s secret lesbian lover who vanished immediately after the bombing. While the authorities continue to pursue their suspicions that the terrorist act may have been intended for Jennifer’s husband, Bill, who holds a top-secret position in the counter-intelligence division of the National Security Agency, Jeanne reveals intricate details to Gallagher that intrigue him enough to take on the case. While Gallagher begins searching for the missing woman, he has no idea that a bounty has been placed on his own head-two hired gunmen are plotting to kill him. Gallagher’s search takes him to Washington DC, where he discovers that the car bombing is only a backdrop to a complex, treasonous scheme to sell code-breaking formulas to a hostile enemy nation. [Amazon]
You can check out Intimidation now if you have Hulu Plus thanks to the Criterion Collection. They provide this synopsis:
Koreyoshi Kurahara’s ingeniously plotted, pocket-size noir concerns the intertwined fates of a desperate bank manager, blackmailed for book-cooking, and his resentful but timid underling, passed over for a promotion. The marvelously moody Intimidation (Aru kyouhaku) is an elegantly stripped-down and carefully paced crime drama.