Spike Lee to Direct Terrorist Thriller 'Nagasaki Deadline' Next
James Cameron is teaming up with Spike Lee? Deadline reports that Spike Lee is "closing a deal" to direct an action thriller for Alcon Entertainment called Nagasaki Deadline. You may remember hearing about this before, as we reported back in 2008 that Martin Campbell was attached to direct, but now that he's on Green Lantern, time for a new director. James Cameron is a producer on the project along with Jon Landau, Rae Sanchini, and Alcon partners Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson. Things are just coming together now, but this will be Spike Lee's next feature film following his WWII drama Miracle at St. Anna from 2008.
So what is the movie all about? Nagasaki Deadline is an action thriller that focuses on a troubled FBI agent and his desperate race to thwart two terrorist attacks planned to unfold on American soil. He goes beyond obvious suspects to focus on theories that the crime is tied to historical events, as he races against the clock. Sounds like The Sum of All Fears meets "24" meets National Treasure, but maybe it's better than that. The script was actually written years ago, but got dropped by Fox after 9/11 for obvious reasons, but Alcon has revived the project and is working on a script polish with David & Peter Griffiths now that Lee is on-board.
Spike Lee has been missing the mark with his last few feature films in recent years. I still think Inside Man is his best film in recent history, but I'll be curious to see what he does with this, since it's a bit more action heavy than I normally expect for Lee. We'll keep you updated on all the latest with this project - stay tuned!