Wednesday, June 01, 2005

The Brazilian Job

David Twohy has set up a trio of writing assignments, one of which will turn his original heist film premise into The Brazilian Job, the sequel to Paramount hit remake The Italian Job.

Variety says that Twohy, whom Paramount has also tapped to direct his script The Would-Be Warrior for Nickelodeon Films (he'll also write sci-fi actioner The Break for Columbia), found his way into the "Job" sequel by accident.

"I came in to pitch my own heist picture called 'The Wrecking Crew,' something I planned to direct myself, " said Twohy, who has helmed Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick and whose script credits include The Fugitive and G.I. Jane.

Twohy said the studio liked his idea but suggested it would be best suited for the sequel. Twohy said yes, even though he was fully aware he would not be getting The Brazilian Job directing assignment for which helmer F. Gary Gray is returning.

Paramount is expecting the entire original cast to head to Rio de Janeiro for the sequel, and the studio is already being courted by automakers eager to exploit the resurgence that the original movie created for the Mini Cooper.

About The Would-Be Warrior, Twohy said, "It's a fantasy adventure in the 'Jumanji' vein, involving a modern 15-year-old boy who gets caught in a centuries-old feud between Norse gods. It's good, crazy fun. It has visual effects and lots of action, but it pokes fun at other grandiose sword and sorcery epics."

Twohy will return to his sci-fi roots with The Break, a new version of the long-in-development film Alien Prison. That film was about earthlings who try to escape from aliens, while The Break will have a more traditional jailbreak tone.

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