Francis Lawrence to Helm Prison Riot and Siege Movie
by Alex Billington
November 13, 2008
With at least the I Am Legend prequel and an adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's Survivor in the works, director Francis Lawrence already has an exciting slate of projects lined up. Add to that list a currently untitled prison riot project, an action thriller written by first timer Ari Rubin to eventually be directed by Lawrence. The concept is based on the real life story of the riots and siege of the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary in 1987. Cuban and American prisoners seized control of the maximum security facility and took more than 100 federal prison staff members hostage. The situation was so extreme that the FBI's hostage rescue team couldn't handle the riots and the Delta Force was called in to retake the prison.
Warner Brothers has just picked up the rights to the packaged project after a bidding war. Michael De Luca (Zathura, Ghost Rider, 21, The Love Guru) will be producing. No start date is set, which means this probably won't come up for a few more years, but I really hope to see it eventually. The concept apparently seems to have been sold as Black Hawk Down like story set amongst a prison riot, or at least that's kind of the idea. I like what I've heard so far and I'm glad to see someone like Francis Lawrence on board. Lawrence has quickly proven he's an impressive director with only two feature films under his belt so far - Constantine and I Am Legend. I'll be interested to see how this project develops.