Downey Jr Launches Prod. Company with McQueen Heist Film
Robert Downey Jr. and wife/producer Susan Downey have officially launched their new Warner Bros based production company called Team Downey, hiring David Gambino as the president of production. The first project on their slate is called Yucatan, a heist film originally crafted by legendary actor Steve McQueen as a starring vehicle for himself. The script was discovered in "a trunk long after his death" along with some 1700 pages of notes and storyboards, which is why its been a particularly challenging production to get off the ground. But WB has made a new rights deal with McQueen's son, who will now also executive produce.
Downey has been working with Warner Bros quite a bit recently (give or take Iron Man). And in February he struck a deal with them after shooting Todd Phillips' road trip comedy Due Date with Zach Galifianakis. According to Deadline, he's going to start shooting Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity sometime very soon, then stop midway through to shoot Sherlock Holmes 2 with Guy Ritchie, then return and finish Gravity before looking at other films, like Sam Raimi's Oz: The Great and Powerful. I'm sure Yucatan and other projects we don't know about, not to mention The Avengers, are in the mix for him as well, but let's take it one year at a time.
Considering that Team Downey just opened their offices, we don't know much else about the company and their goals, but Deadline does drop an interesting tidbit: "While a priority is finding a project for Downey Jr. to direct, they intend to go beyond hatching star vehicles for him." Whoa! I didn't know Robert Downey Jr. was interested in directing, but I'm looking forward to seeing what he can do. As for McQueen's Yucatan, IMDb describes the plot of the project: "A group of thieves head to Mexico to find a centuries-old treasure buried beneath the Yucatan peninsula." I'm already looking forward to seeing Team Downey tackle that one.