Robert Downey Jr Looking for Underwater Treasure in 'Yucatan'
Though a deal to star in Sam Raimi's next film, Oz: The Great and Powerful, looks like a distinct possibility, Robert Downey, Jr. is still stacking up quite the future slate. Deadline has news on his next film that will see him starring in and producing a treasure hunt flick called Yucatan. Based on an original idea by the late, great Steve McQueen, the story follows a renegade deep-sea salvage expert (Downey) hired to steal a mysterious treasure hidden deep underwater in the Mayan ruins of Yucatan. Screenwriter Anthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes, Invictus) will script the original story being tailored specifically for Downey Jr. himself.
This Warner Bros. backed film will be the first priority project for the Team Downey production banner started by Downey and his wife Susan and they have plenty of inspiration. Apparently McQueen had been developing the film as his own starring vehicle back in the late 60's and, upon his death, left behind 1500 pages of notes and storyboards that filled 15 notebooks. The project got picked up by WB when McQueen's son Chad and godson Lance Sloane stumbled upon the notebooks tucked away in an old trunk. Since then the project has been stalled only to be revived by Team Downey as part of their new first look deal with the studio. Sounds like quite an epic and, thankfully, original story. Having Downey take over a role once meant for McQueen just feels right. We'll keep out eyes on this project as it develops. Interested?