Director D.J. Caruso Looking to Take 'A Walk Among the Tombstones'
Though his adaptation of the young adult sci-fi novel I Am Number Four didn't exactly land with as big of a splash as some might have hoped, I've still enjoyed enough of director D.J. Caruso's work on Disturbia and Eagle Eye (simply accepting them for the retreads they are) to maintain an interest in his next project. Now Deadline has word on another project that Caruso might take on next. We heard in February he was looking to adapt the Vertigo comic book Preacher, but now it sounds like he's considering an adaptation of Lawrence Block's novel A Walk Among the Tombstones as well, a long-gestating edgy crime drama.
The project has been around for over 14 years and previously had names like Harrison Ford attached to star in the film at Universal. Now it's not clear who will lead the film which follows former alcoholic private investigator Matthew Scudder (a recurring character in Block's novels) now going to more AA meetings than ever as he reluctantly agrees to help a Lebanese drug dealer after his wife is killed by a pair of men who have been kidnapping dealer's wives and demanding large ransoms. Slowly and methodically he discerns a pattern in the mayhem and begins to close in on the criminals with the help of his erstwhile police colleagues, a black Times Square sidekick named T.J. and his call-girl sweetheart, Elaine. It's not clear what will happen to the project if Caruso takes on Preacher instead, so this project could end up dying out for years yet again.