Friday, March 21, 2008

Marshall Gets Jackman to Drive

British director Neil Marshall (The Descent, Doomsday) is preparing to direct Drive, a crime thriller based on a novel by James Sallis. According to Variety, "Hugh Jackman is attached to play a Hollywood stunt driver who moonlights as a getaway car driver in heists." Things get interesting when Jackman's character discovers that there is a contract out on his life. Hossein Amini (Killshot, The Four Feathers) wrote the screenplay.

Marshall told Variety:

This is something I haven't done before, and I've wanted to bring a British sensibility to an L.A. shoot and a scorched classic film noir concept. Hoss is a fantastic writer, and he's written three amazing car chases in the film. He's turned them into dramatic scenes as opposed to the usual crash, bang, wallop. I would like to be shooting it this summer.

Jackman may or may not keep the part depending on scheduling.

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