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Jerry Bruckheimer Taps New Duo in Attempt to Adapt Apaches

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October 12, 2009

Jerry Bruckheimer - Apaches

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.

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  • Dan W
    So does this have anything to do with the Apache Native Americans?
  • Trademark
    Ethan man I really enjoy your articles except 1 thing, it seems like you dnt give background information sometimes such as what this novel is even about. I noticed in your other article about the movie where they sell corpses that you mention "Landis"(who I'm assumming is directing) but never specify his role. I really hate to be "that guy" but I really enjoy your writing other than the fact that I have to google on the side to see exactly what's going on. Great article otherwise
  • Trademark, Thanks for the kind words! I'll definitely try to be a bit more informative when it comes to referencing the key players and story elements of upcoming flicks and whatnot. As far as leaving out full names, usually if a director, actor, writer or what have you is mentioned in an article, their full name is reference somewhere earlier in the article, and to save space and avoid repetition we use their last or first name by itself depending on what we're more comfortable with. But I'll do my best to make sure you don't have to Google anything extra in the future! Thanks for reading! Regards,

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