What Exactly Will Brett Ratner Direct Next - Trump Heist?
Like many high profile directors, Brett Ratner has more than a handful of projects that he is attached to, any one of which could move forward at a moment's notice. So when Movieline got the chance to talk with Ratner, they literally ran down the projects listed on his IMDb page and got him to update almost all of them, including Conan and Beverly Hills Cop 4. However, the one he says is "closest to getting made" is a project called Trump Heist that we've never heard of until today, even though both Eddie Murphy and Chris Rock are attached. Want to know what it's about? Here's a hint - it sort of involves Donald Trump.
The plot of Trump Heist involves employees of the Trump Tower trying to rip off the building's residents. I'm guessing the Trump Tower they're talking about is the one in New York, not Vegas (or elsewhere). As much as I hate Brett Ratner, this is a project that's meant for him. And with Eddie Murphy signed on as the crew leader and Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle and Chris Tucker also rumored to be in the mix, it's something I will shamefully admit I'd probably watch. Ratner says he just hired screenwriter Ted Griffin (Matchstick Men, Rumor Has It, Five Killers), "who wrote Ocean's Eleven for me when I was attached," to revise the script that was originally written by Bill Collage, Adam Cooper, and Rawson Marshall Thurber.
As for that Conan project that he was attached to one day direct. "We're just budgeting the script and trying to figure out when's a good time and where to shoot it." I'm not opposed to a new Conan movie, I just don't want Ratner to direct it. And speaking of more movies I don't want Ratner to direct - Beverly Hills Cop 4, that sequel no one wants to see. Could he shoot it after Conan? "I don't know. I'm developing the script." Phew, it's still stuck in the script stage! So really, we don't know what he'll do next. "Because of the way that the business is, you never know which slot you're going to get, or when you're going to make the movie."