John Singleton to Direct and Produce Action Thriller 'Layover'
by Ethan Anderton
April 30, 2010
While most people get pissed off at the mere mention of a layover in their travel plans, it looks like director John Singleton has sought one out for himself as Variety reports that Singleton has signed on to produce and direct the action thriller titled Layover. Written by Jay Longino & Michael Browning, the story centers on an ex-con whose family is kidnapped by a group of corrupt TSA agents while on a seven-hour layover (I'd be more pissed at the seven-hour layover). No word on casting yet, however, this is still a long ways off since Singleton will next direct another thriller, titled Abduction, starring the much swooned-over Taylor Lautner.
Singleton's never really impressed me much as a filmmaker, with the exception of maybe Boyz n the Hood, and honestly, I might go so far as to call previous endeavors like Shaft (the one with Samuel L. Jackson) and 2 Fast 2 Furious (the worst movie in the franchise, and that's saying something) absolute misfires. Though I haven't seen Four Brothers, it was apparently good enough to spawn a forthcoming sequel. I guess we'll see how good of a director he can be with Abduction, and if he can get a decent performance out of Lautner, who is poised to be the next big young action star (if people start to like him). We'll keep our eye on this anyway.