David O. Russell Rewriting and Directing Adaptation of '2 Guns'?
There has been a lot of buzz surrounding Mark Wahlberg's reunion with director David O. Russell (The Fighter) for the video game adaptation Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. However, before that project, Russell was slated to direct Vince Vaughn in Old St. Louis, the story a traveling salesman who's an absentee father and how his life changes when his daughter becomes a part of it. But now it sounds like a new project with Vaughn is being set up instead as THR reports Russell is in early talks to rewrite and direct an adaptation of 2 Guns, a pulp story about cops and thieves and the men that are something in between. More info below.
Based on Steven Grant's graphic novel of the same name, here's the short and sweet synopsis of the wholly intriguing story:
Trench has targeted a local bank to rob, and asked Steadman in on the job. Trench figures it's a great way to score -- considering it's a cover for mob money. They'll be thieves ripping off thieves. But what Steadman doesn't know is that Trench is a DEA agent. And what Trench doesn't know is that Steadman's a Naval Intelligence officer. They're both cops! And neither one knows that they're not robbing the mob, they've been set up to steal $50 million from the CIA!
Vaughn has been attached to the project since Universal picked up the property back in 2008, and apparently he's still attached now. The prospect of Russell and Vaughn collaborating on a project like this is enticing. And for anyone who doubts Vaughn doing more than his normal fast-talking, wit-filled diatribes for minutes at a time, he did see a little bit of action in Mr. and Mrs. Smith. It sounds like 2 Guns won't take off until after Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, but it's not clear what that will mean for Old St. Louis. Thoughts?