While those in charge of London’s logistics are hoping everything goes without a hitch for the Olympics, Ridley Scott is thinking a little differently. He and Steven Zaillian have picked up the rights to 2003’s docudrama The Day Britain Stopped, with the intent of producing a disaster film version for Fox.
The Hollywood Reporter cautions that this won’t be a direct remake of the TV movie that aired on the Beeb and saw a massive train strike as the first domino in a link that ended up crippling the country – but that it’ll take that story as inspiration to build a fresh story.
Despite his screenwriting experience, Zaillian apparently doesn’t plan to work on the script himself, as the pair is now on the hunt for a writer to make it work. And from the sounds of it, this probably won’t be one that Scott directs, given his already crammed list of potential movies. But who knows? He might change his mind if they get a great screenplay.
With Prometheus now loose in the world, Scott is now gearing up to make The Counsellor with Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz and recent addition Dean Norris.