Fox Searchlight and Lorenzo di Bonaventura Teaming Up!
by Alex Billington
June 3, 2009
Our favorite indie studio, Fox Searchlight, is teaming up with big time Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura for a thriller titled Kidnap. Written by "Jackass" regular Knate Gwaltney, Kidnap is centers on a woman whose son is kidnapped at a local mall and embarks on a chase to save him, with a similar vibe to Taken (the big success story that everyone is trying to mimic in Hollywood these days). Those familiar with the script say it also bears similarities to Breakdown, Paramount's 1997 thriller starring Kurt Russell about a man who must find his wife when she goes missing after their car breaks down in the desert.
Di Bonaventura has lined up John Moore, who last directed Max Payne, to helm Kidnap. This seems like a big production with a big concept that's being developed at a very small studio, and I'm not sure if that's good or bad. Usually anything Fox Searchlight develops is always good, but I'm concerned that with all the regime changes at Fox, this could be one of those productions that they're just forced to take on. It sounds like it could be good, but there is one name involved that I'm not fond of - I lost a lot of respect for John Moore after that disaster Max Payne, but maybe he can redeem himself with this? Only time will tell!