Warner Bros. Lands New Period Yakuza Crime Drama 'The Outsider'
The studio is busy with director Ruben Fleischer as he preps the period crime drama Gangster Squad starring Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin and more. However, Warner Bros. has also picked up another period crime drama that takes the action to Japan. Deadline reports the studio has preemptively picked up a script called The Outsider from writer Andrew Baldwin. The story follows an American who spent World War II as a prisoner of war in Japan, but stays in the country after the war ends to work his way through the rituals and hardships to become a rare outsider who gains membership in the Yakuza crime organization.
The project comes from Linson Entertainment, based on an idea by John Linson, creator and executive producer of the FX series "Sons of Anarchy." He'll produce the film along with his father Art Linson who also works on the acclaimed drama and collaborated with his son as producer on both Lords of Dogtown and The Runaways. Obviously this project is more akin to their TV work than their film endeavors, and The Departed-esque story set in the infamous Yakuza criminal underworld sounds like it can go to some pretty dark places. It sounds like this project is just getting off the ground though, but hopefully we'll hear some news on a director or cast sooner than later.