Ridley Scott has been attached to direct a new action thriller film based on Kevin McMullin’s short story “BOMB” at 20th Century Studios and Scott Free.
20th Century reportedly beat out nine other bidders for the project including Apple, Netflix, Sony and Warners. The deal includes McMullin (“First Harvest,” “Low Tide”) writing the script.
Said to be a blend of “Dog Day Afternoon” and “Speed,” the story follows Frankie Ippolito – a hostage negotiator called into duty the night before his wedding in London.
A man who has parked himself in a construction site in Piccadilly Circus is standing on a newly uncovered, unexploded bomb from WWII.
He tells local law enforcement he will only speak with Frankie and this sets off a chain of events, where Frankie is drawn into an overnight struggle to stop the bomber with whom he has a past.
Scott and Michael Pruss are producing. Scott is coming off “Napoleon” and is currently filming the “Gladiator” sequel for release next year.