'Oblivion' Director Joseph Kosinski Follows 'Trials of White Boy Rick'

October 10, 2014
Source: THR

The Trials of White Boy Rick / Joseph Kosinski

While it sounds like The Trials of White Boy Rick could easily be an alternate title for the sequel to Joe Dirt that's inexplicably happening with David Spade, it's just a true crime adaptation being set up at Universal Pictures. THR reports the studio has optioned the article of the same name by Evan Hughes which focuses on Rick Wershe, a teenager who lived in Detroit in the 1980s and ended up becoming a notorious drug kingpin on the East Side of the city, as well as a cocaine trafficker with the nickname of, you guessed it, White Boy Rick. But the twist is that Wershe was actually an undercover informant for the FBI and DEA.

The article comes from The Atavist, a digital non-fiction publication, who posted the story just last month. And now the trade reports that Oblivion and Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski is attached to direct a feature film adaptation of the story. This true crime story would be something completely new for Kosinski who has shown an exclusive interest in sci-fi since hitting the big screen as a director. Kosinski also still has remakes of The Twilight Zone and Black Hole developing, but it's unclear when either of those projects will take off. Plus, a sequel to Tron Legacy is supposed to happen too. Stay tuned.

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Reader Feedback - 6 Comments


I really liked OBLIVION. Maybe more than I should have. Pretty excited to see him grow as a director.

DAVIDPD on Oct 10, 2014


It was a very solid movie, Cruise did good, the soundtrack was one of the best in recent years and his direction was really good. The only thing that kept me from really enjoying the movie was another little movie called "Moon"

Ricardo_PT on Oct 11, 2014


Agreed. But to be honest there have been others to do the similar stories.

DAVIDPD on Oct 11, 2014


I was very hyped for the score when this site posted Starwaves, but I was let down by the final album, and by the use of that fantastic song in the film. I liked Oblivion overall though I think.

OfficialJab on Oct 14, 2014


Out of all the movies that have ever had title changes for marketing reasons, this one would be the most justified in getting a title change....

disqus_IfXj4UVX42 on Oct 10, 2014


He's not doing a scifi.. what's going to happen?

OfficialJab on Oct 14, 2014

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