The Twilight gravy train can’t last forever, and Summit Entertainment is in need of its Next Big Thing. To that end, we heard this weekend that the studio is developing ‘Riptide,’ a murder mystery story that takes place on a ship called the Nautica. Four people are involved in the central action: a handyman, a young stock broker, the stock broker’s girlfriend, and a detective. “One of the men is found dead floating in the sea. The girlfriend is found at a nearby hotel. An investigator is called in to figure out what happened and why.” Is this what passes for originality in Hollywood these days? Let’s hope there’s more to this.
Interestingly, Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf‘s names have come up for the lead roles, with offers reportedly out to the both of them. And while nothing may come of those offers, they at least show that producer Steve Tisch (Snatch, The Pursuit of Happyness) is serious about attaching some strong A-List talent to the original project, which was first penned by Richard McBrien and rewritten by Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon), whose presence is encouraging.
One would assume that Pitt was offered the role of the investigator and LaBeouf the young stock broker, since neither strikes me as the ‘handyman’ type, less so the girlfriend. Whatever happens, it will be interesting to keep an eye on Summit in the next couple months as the studio works out how to capitalize on its Twilight profits and keep the blockbusters coming.