Ryan Gosling & Russell Crowe May Be 'Nice Guys' for Shane Black
We've been waiting to see what Iron Man 3 director Shane Black would tackle next after making such a big splash in the blockbuster world last year with the Marvel sequel, but he has yet to get back behind the camera for a new feature film. But The Wrap reports he might finally have a new project on the horizon with The Nice Guys, a murder conspiracy thriller that will be produced by Joel Silver and his Silver Pictures banner and shopped to studios and financiers very soon. In addition, Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling are being courted to star in the film, but it's still early days on the project and their attachment isn't firm.
The story unfolds in 70s Los Angeles, following Jackson Healy, a recovering alcoholic and muscle-for-hire, who finds himself working with Holland March, a prviate eye and practicing alcoholic, following the suicide of a fading porn star. But that's just the beginning. The victim's aunt is fully convinced that she saw her niece alive after the incident became news, and so begins March's case, which turns into a murder conspiracy tied into the American auto industry, the span of which can't be fathomed. There's definitely a Kiss Kiss Bang Bang vibe to that story.
Black co-wrote The Nice Guys with Anthony Bagarozzi years ago, but the film has been stuck in development The two were also said to be working together on the adaptation of the pulp hero Doc Savage, but we've yet to hear any solid development on that project since Black came on board last fall. Again, at this time, Gosling and Crowe are not officially attached, the latter potentially having conflict with his publicity schedule for The Water Diviner, the actor's directorial debut. Meanwhile, Gosling is just coming off his turn behind the camera with Lost River, met with mixed reviews at Cannes last month. Stay tuned.