Writer Chap Taylor Scripting 'Gideon's Sword' for Michael Bay
So far, the only writing credit Chap Taylor has on his resume is for the script to the 2002 thriller Changing Lanes starring Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson. Now he's finally lined up his next big writing gig as Heat Vision reports Taylor has been hired to write the adaptation of the forthcoming Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child novel Gideon's Sword for Paramount Pictures as well as producer Michael Bay via his Bay Films production company. The story follows Gideon Crew, a man who can convince people of almost anything as he tries to clear the name of his wrongfully imprisoned father and possibly save the world at the same time.
Paramount and Bay hope to kick-start a Jason Bourne-style franchise that will bring all of the action that Bay usually delivers but with attempts to include some substantial character development. Taylor says he's infinitely excited about the work, especially because the projects that he's used to writing and still wants to deliver simply aren't the films studios want to produce anymore. Taylor says: "My responsibility as a writer is to figure out how to take my skill set and adapt it to the kinds of movies studios want to make today."
Some might think that's selling out, but this kind of work (that still has the potential to bolster creativity and quality writing) could be a stepping stone to finally writing and selling the kind of movies in which he's been so invested already. Since the novel won't be released until early next year, there's not much to get excited about yet, but we'll keep you posted as more information on Gideon's Sword eventually becomes available.