David O. Russell & Ice Cube Making 'Dirty Harry' Style Franchise
They previously collaborated on the war flick Three Kings, and now it looks like director David O. Russell and rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube are re-teaming in a big way. Deadline reports the duo are working with New Line to create an all-new franchise in the same vein as 70's revenge films like Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry films. Don't worry, they're not looking at remaking any of those classics, but apparently the film will be a raw, R-rated drama which calls back to that certain style of film with a plainclothes detective who's quick on the trigger. However, development is still in the early stages with a story still being figured out by Cube and Russell.
There's a chance that Russell may write the actual script, but it sounds like New Line will get a different screenwriter to come in for the first draft. After working with another Three Kings star again (Mark Wahlberg on The Fighter) and now Ice Cube, Russell should probably make a movie with George Clooney and Spike Jonze to make everything nice and neat. I'm not sure if I'm interested in a franchise with Ice Cube (especially after xXx: State of the Union, and throwbacks to 70's revenge films are already happening with flicks like Drive Angry 3D. The project is still probably pretty far down the road since Russell already has Old St. Louis lined up as his next film as well as an adaptation of the Playstation video game Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. We'll keep you posted as this story develops. Anyone interested?