Joe Carnahan to Direct 'Sugar Bandits' Adaptation of 'Devils in Exile'
It's been a seemingly troublesome year for The Grey director Joe Carnahan. After once being attached to a remake of Death Wish, Carnahan stepped away from the project when casting a lead actor proved to be a bit of a struggle and now Miss Bala director Gerardo Naranjo is in talks to take over the project. And late last summer, his plans for an R-rated take on Daredevil fell apart and now Fox has the rights to the comic book hero (which might give him a second chance). But now THR says Carnahan has set his sights on a new project called Sugar Bandits, an adaptation of Chuck Hogan's novel Devils in Exile set up at Universal.
Here's the official synopsis of the book:
When Neal Maven and a crew of fellow Iraq War veterans begin ripping off Boston-area drug dealers for profit, their lives are quickly put into jeopardy. As Maven’s involvement deepens, two worrisome things happen: he begins to suspect that their leader has a sinister ulterior motive, and he lusts after the leader’s girl—a tough former model with a drug problem. As the rip-off jobs get riskier, Maven and his crew are soon pursued by both a smart federal DEA agent and by a pair of psychopathic Jamaican hit men on a drug lords’ payroll. When everything goes bad—and it goes very bad—Maven embarks on a one-man crusade to right the wrongs in which he unwittingly participated. Not everyone will survive his crusade, and Maven himself may not live to see the final outcome.
Hogan is no stranger to his work hitting the big screen after Ben Affleck turned his novel Prince of Thieves into the praised crime thriller The Town. In addition, his novel collaboration The Strain, which he wrote with Guillermo del Toro, is heading to FX in the form of a TV series. The 2010 novel sounds like an interesting choice for Carnahan to craft a grounded thriller, hopefully with the same potential as The Grey, one of last year's most underrated films. Hogan's tales are gritty and intriguing with rich characters and settings, so hopefully Carnahan can bring some of his Narc style to the adaptation. Cool?