Jerry Bruckheimer Taps New Duo in Attempt to Adapt Apaches
by Ethan Anderton
October 12, 2009
Apparently power producer Jerry Bruckheimer has been attempting to adapt Lorenzo Carcaterra's novel Apaches since 1997 when Disney beat out Paramount Pictures and Warner Brothers in a huge bidding war for the property. While writers like Marshall Todd (Bad Boys II), David Klass (Walking Tall) and many more have given it a shot, it sounds like no one cracked it. Now Bruckheimer is letting another writing duo take a stab at it as Variety reports Sean O'Keefe and Will Staples will try to adapt the gritty crime story about a group of retired renegade cops who take it upon themselves to deliver justice in New York City.
The writing duo of O'Keefe and Staples has generated significant buzz after two of their scripts (World's Most Wanted and an adaptation of another novel, The Cruelest Miles) were picked up for production. They are also responsible for delivering The Murder of King Tut to master of the apocalyptic end of the world, Roland Emmerich. Though the process of adaptation has been difficult, apparently the script will only be loosely based on the crime novel of the same name, so I wonder what the problem is. After 12 years of trying to get this one off the ground you'd think Bruckheimer would be discouraged to say the least, but sometimes it takes decades for these adaptations to come together. After all it took over 20 years before Watchmen made it to theaters. Sounds like we'll just have to be as patient as Bruckheimer and see where this one goes.