Today has clearly been earmarked as the day for long-gestating projects to emerge blinking into the light. Following on from the news that Pierce Brosnan’s November Man has a likely start date and a director, Anthony Hopkins-starring supernatural drama Solace has Afonso Poyart in talks to take the helm.
Solace has bubbled along in various forms for years. Originally birthed as a spec script by Ocean Eleven’s Ted Griffin and Sean Bailey (who has long since moved on to become one of the big bosses at Disney) it was at one point considered as a possible sequel to Seven, with Morgan Freeman attached.
But the basic concept, which would see Hopkins as a psychic doctor working for the FBI and tracking a serial killer, has been through so many revisions since the early days that it’s no longer associated with the David Fincher classic. And various writers, including James Vanderbilt, have re-written it through the years.
The most recent draft is by Peter Morgan, and now Poyart may well be the man to finally bring it to the screen. When? That’s anyone’s guess: given the history of this one, we won’t expect it immediately. The Brazilian director is currently busy developing a remake of his action pic 2 Cohelhos (Two Rabbits) for Sony.