DiCaprio's Appian Way Picks Up Beat the Reaper Rights
by Alex Billington
January 8, 2009
New Regency has acquired the screen rights to Josh Bazell's recently published novel Beat the Reaper. Appian Way is also co-producing, which means this project might star Leonardo DiCaprio, considering he owns that company. The story, which sounds it has the makings of an awesome movie, is about a Manhattan emergency room doctor whose life becomes complicated when a mobster recognizes the doc from his former life as a hitman who went into the witness protection program. I don't know about you, but to me that sounds like all the perfect elements of an exciting thriller, like Crank combined with Fugitive.
Julie Yorn (Max Payne, Bride Wars) will produce with DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran. No word on when this is expected to go into production, but considering this was only a purchase of the rights, I imagine we won't be seeing it for a few more years. This is my favorite quote about the book: "Fast, fun, furious, fierce… or better yet, stop reading the accolades for Beat the Reaper, open up to page one, and start reading. See you at the cash register." You can pick up a copy on Amazon. This is one of those projects that I'll keep an eye on just in case it one day moves into production, hopefully much sooner than later.