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Shane Black Is Back Back Back!
He's directing spy movie, Cold Warrior

23 September 2008  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  |  Source: Variety

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Regular readers of Empire will know that this correspondent thinks Shane Black is a motherfrickin’ genius. Not only is he the guy who wrote the action classics, Lethal Weapon (and most of its equally great sequel), and The Last Boy Scout, he was Hawkins in Predator and, just for good measure, made a stunning directorial debut in 2005 with the hilarious Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang.

And that’s been pretty much it. For Black is anything but prolific. However, he surfaced earlier this year, much to everyone’s surprise, to hand in a draft for a proposed Lethal Weapon 5.

And now he’s gearing up to direct once more. Yet here’s another surprise: he won’t be directing his own script.

Instead, Cold Warrior will be based on a script by Chuck Mondry. But the synopsis reads like pure Black, as it teams a retired Cold War spy with a young buck in an attempt to thwart a domestic terrorism threat orchestrated by – gulp! – Russia. (And how good to see that recent occurences have meant that Russia can once again be used as the bad guys in Hollywood movies)

Black has, as a screenwriter and director, specialised in not only making buddy relationships work by injecting them with caustic and eminently quotable humour, but also in taking archetypes – the cop on the edge, the wisecracking, dishevelled P.I. – and making them into something grand and mythic. It’ll be interesting to see what he can do with the spy.

The Universal picture, which we’re guessing will go before the cameras relatively soon, will be produced by Michelle Manning, David Greenblatt and Anthony Bagarozzi. The latter wrote Tick-Tock (which remains unproduced) with Chuck Mondry in 2000 and sold it to Sony for $1 million… so Black, who sold The Long Kiss Goodnight for roughly more money than an AIG bail-out, clearly recognised kindred spirits. And we, for one, can’t wait for this.

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retired cold war spy huh? So that'll be Dolph Lundgren then (who else is there?) I'm guessing. Or possible Van Damme as a Russian. Unless he's found someone new. Much fun as either (or both) of those two in a Black movie'd be, new action-blood would be nice. In all reality, who is there nowadays apart from Dwayne? (shia does ok, but not in an ex-cold-war-spy way.) More

Posted by Adrian at 16:59 on 24 September 2008 | Report This Post

"she said why'd you say that twice I said, I didn't." More

Posted by rooker at 22:53 on 23 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Shane Black Is Back Back Back!
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang was brilliant but Black's real strength on that film was as a writer. I would rather see him direct something from his own script again. More

Posted by Jaaaack at 13:25 on 23 September 2008 | Report This Post

Cashback! More

Posted by Manfrendshensindshen at 12:02 on 23 September 2008 | Report This Post

Muthafreakin' Great
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang was fantastic - a modern noir thriller with that Shane Black zest (Val Kilmer was great as Gay Perry). so another Shane Black movie can't come soon enough. Lethal Weapon 5 ... nah don't bother Shane as Mel Gibson and Danny Glover really are too old for this s***. Also unless the villains are Jewish and before each take Mel's been to the bar LW5 won't be that entertaining. More

Posted by Taz69 at 11:31 on 23 September 2008 | Report This Post

Today is indeed a good day. Much better than yesterday when the most interesting story was about Nicholas Cage More

Posted by Jo Wareham at 11:01 on 23 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Wooohooo
L: AboyNamedSue The man is the best writer in hollywood today and did a fucking brilliant job directing Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. I'm all the fuck over this. Great news. sp; Shane Black could write a script about paint drying on a wall and it would still be an endlessly quotable, cool as fuck flick and that's a scientific fact!!! Count me in! More

Posted by Workshed at 10:36 on 23 September 2008 | Report This Post

This film has got 'potential' written all over it. More

Posted by muchobenny at 10:19 on 23 September 2008 | Report This Post

Wooohooo
The man is the best writer in hollywood today and did a fucking brilliant job directing Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. I'm all the fuck over this. Great news. More

Posted by AboyNamedSue at 10:18 on 23 September 2008 | Report This Post

Shane Black was in Predator?
How did I not catch that before? Well, I learned something today...... Anyway, always good to see him cranking stuff out. More

Posted by the ageless stranger at 09:54 on 23 September 2008 | Report This Post

Black Hammer
I'd love to see Shane Black do an adaption of one of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer books. Either 'I, The Jury' or 'Kiss Me Deadly'. More

Posted by jimoakley666 at 09:49 on 23 September 2008 | Report This Post

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