Warner Bros. Pictures has reportedly won the weeklong auction for the action comedy “Calamity Hustle” which will star Ryan Reynolds and Channing Tatum.
The story follows a down-on-his-luck former Los Angeles detective-turned-private investigator who, after being shaken down by a vicious crime lord, must track down his estranged low-level criminal brother who is responsible for interfering with a diamond heist.
The tone is said to be akin to “Lethal Weapon” and the plan is for this to serve as a franchise launcher. The story will be set around the holiday season and will shoot in New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
The project hails from filmmakers Aaron and Adam Nee who worked with Tatum on 2022’s “The Lost City” who will write and direct. Warners reportedly beat out the likes of Netflix and Amazon for the project.
Boasting big action set pieces, the film is aiming for a budget of around $140 million with the stars to make in the $25 million range each along with strong backends.
Kevin J. Walsh, John Will, Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan are producing. The news comes as Netflix won an auction for a Reynolds-led international heist comedy this week which will see the actor re-team with his “Free Guy” and “Deadpool 3” director Shawn Levy.