'You're Next' Director Adam Wingard Lands 'Dead Spy Running' Gig
I've been hearing nothing but great things about director Adam Wingard's You're Next, a horror movie that subverts genre expectations that I can't wait to see for myself. It's been running the festival circuit for a little while now (read Jeremy's review from last year's Fantastic Fest), and Wingard was a driving force behind the anthology film V/H/S, that's been getting great reviews as well (Sundance & SXSW). According to news on Deadline, Wingard has found his next project at Warner Bros, an action thriller called Dead Spy Running, about a DJ who goes on the run and somehow uses his music skills to evade capture. Huh?
Based on Jon Stock's novels, Deadline says Dead Spy Running follows an up-and-coming DJ named Danny Marchant whose MI6 agent father is murdered. When Danny is framed for the crime, he goes on the run with a beautiful secret agent tasked with keeping an eye on him (naturally). That's not all: "As Danny tries to clear his name and avenge his father’s death, he gets deeper into the world of espionage while never forgetting his background and skills as a DJ." What? What the hell does that even mean? Ultimately Danny has to take down a power-hunger terrorist bent on world domination, presumably by hurling records at him while he blasts dubstep from a boombox on his shoulder. Or so we hope.
Screenwriter Simon Barrett, who works with Wingard and wrote You're Next, will be rewriting the latest draft originally by Stephen Gaghan and Jamie Moss. The weird thing about this story is that Deadline seems to have a totally different description of this plot than anyone else. We've actually written about Dead Spy Running before, as it was once a directing vehicle for McG before changing hands with Stephen Gaghan and then Jonathan Levine before Wingard eventually signed on. Our earlier plot descriptions, and the one from Amazon, don't mention anything about a DJ or a secret agent who guards Marchant's character. Instead, it describes Danny as a suspended MI6 officer who runs the London Marathon and realizes that a runner has a bomb strapped to him which will detonate if he slows down, Speed style. Is that entirely scrapped?
We're not sure what exactly the movie will end up being, but both stories sound about equally ludicrous and could be great material for Wingard to hit the mainstream. Hopefully he can take the crazier elements and either play them up to heighten the stakes or tone them down to make things a bit more realistic.