Warner Bros. goes ahead with “Designated Survivor”

Last week, Warner Bros. announced they were shelving the political thriller Designated Survivor because of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States. But according to Inside.com, the project has been given the go-ahead.

The plot of Designated Survivor revolves around the secretary of the interior, who is the only cabinet member to survive an assassination on the president, vice president, and other cabinet members during a State of the Union speech in Washington. Eventually he discovers that the attempt was actually a military coup that he must stop.

Survivor producer Robert Lawrence confirmed to Inside.com that the project is going forward and added that the film is not about Arab terrorists. “[It is] a military-coup project about a survivor rising to a challenge,” he said.

David Scarpa (The Last Castle) penned the original script, which Warner Bros. bought in February of 1998. Actor George Clooney is set to co-produce and has also been mentioned to star.

Ironically, while Hollywood finds itself trying to be more sensitive in the wake of the attacks, moviegoers have not been deterred from watching violent films.

Last weekend’s box-office topper Don’t Say a Word includes a scene with an exploding van in New York City. Blockbuster also reported videos and DVDs of Die Hard and The Siege have been flying off the shelves.

Only three weeks following the terrorist attacks, studios like Warner Bros. already seem intent on giving the audience more of what it wants.

But given that Designated Survivor is in early development stages, it will not be hitting the theaters anytime soon.