Is Ang Lee Directing Vin Diesel in Universal's Adaptation of 'Kojak'?
Between posting pictures from the set of Fast & Furious 7 and practicing stilts-walking for motion capture performing as Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vin Diesel has been busy giving his fans specials treats on Facebook. Now the actor has revealed a tidbit of potential news. Just before Christmas last year, we learned that Universal was developing a big screen adaptation of the 1970s crime drama series Kojak with Diesel taking the title role. The script was reported to come from Skyfall writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, but no director was attached at that point. But now we have an idea as to who might direct now.
Taking to Facebook, Diesel mentioned a fan asked what director he wanted to work with in the future, and with an accompanying piece of artwork she made for the actor, he replied, "Kojak… New York…Ang Lee…" Now, the director of Life of Pi might just be Diesel's top choice for the job, but that would seem unfair if they were looking at other directors in case he passes. This would be something quite different for Lee, as the original series followed Telly Savalas as Kojak, a lieutenant detective of the NYPD who solved various crimes throughout the run of the crime procedural. It's definitely unlike any of his previous work. Stay tuned.