Now that the pool of young Hollywood dudes is done duking it out over the lead in the upcoming Universal thriller Safe House, the studio’s grabbed a new writer to rework the script originally penned by David Guggenheim. Terry George, who’s lent his linguistic abilities to films like Hotel Rwanda, Hart’s War, and The Boxer, will take a crack at Guggenheim’s script. And honestly, I think that’s probably best.
Guggenheim’s supplied the scripts for a lot of television movies and series and, most recently, a handful of documentaries including An Inconvenient Truth and Waiting For Superman. No offense to Mr. Guggenheim, but I think that George may be on a more appropriate wavelength for the CIA drama. I’d say that he’s a little more in tune with big screen thrills and suspense than the former Party of Five scribe.
The film, which is about a CIA agent who transports a dangerous criminal after they’re both attacked at a safe house (hence the oh-so creative title), stars Ryan Reynolds (who beat out Shia LaBouf, Chris Pine, Jake Gyllenhaal and a handful of other hunks for the role) as the CIA agent and Denzel Washington as the criminal in what I hope will be another awesome walk on the dark side for the seasoned Oscar winner.
Also attached is Swedish director, Daniel Espinosa, who comes fresh off his acclaimed crime thriller Snabba Cash (which is already on the remake train with Zac Efron aboard) to direct the film when it starts shooting early next year. Espinosa was also considered to direct the next X-Men movie, but something tells me this set-up might be a better way to make a US debut.