'Medallion' Reunites Nicolas Cage & Con-Air Director Simon West
After giving a much younger version of myself quite the theatrical experience in Con-Air, one of my first R-rated movies, Heat Vision reports director Simon West is teaming with Nicolas Cage again over ten years later for the new action thriller Medallion. Not to be confused with that failed Jackie Chan flick of the same name, this is a project we heard about back in October and at one point had Clive Owen and Jason Statham involved. But now it's Cage who will lead the Taken-esque story following a father and former master thief who has only a few hours to find his daughter when she is kidnapped and locked in the trunk of a New York medallion taxi cab.
As I've said before, the copycat nature of the plot seems cheap, but the script comes from David Guggenheim who wrote Safe House, one of the top 10 scripts on the recently revealed Black List for 2010. In addition, it'd be nice to see West return to the action glory that was Con-Air. His directing talents will next be seen in the Jason Statham led remake of The Mechanic early next year. Millenium Films, who most recently worked with Cage on Drive Angry 3D, is behind the action thriller and is currently shopping the project around to studios. We'll keep you posted as more information becomes available. Interested?