Joe Carnahan is Taking 'Motorcade' for a Spin Over at DreamWorks
Right around the time that I started writing here at FirstShowing in 2009, there was a project called Motorcade in the works. At the time, Ryan Reynolds had just been brought in to replace Tom Cruise in the project, and "24" executive producer Jon Cassar was replacing Len Wiseman in the director's chair. But it's been over five years since that news surfaced, and the project has been dead in the water. But today it has new life as Deadline reports DreamWorks is bringing in Smokin' Aces, The Grey and The A-Team director Joe Carnahan to get the project in gear and finally get it into production. So what's this film about again?
Motorcade follows a disgraced Secret Service agent who happens to be in the wrong place at the right time when the president's motorcade is commandeered by terrorists in New York in an effort to kidnap the world leader. The story used to take place in Los Angeles, but that was changed in development years ago. This could have easily been a Die Hard sequel plotline before the franchise got far too unbelievable, but that ship has sailed. The script comes from Hans Bauer and Craig Mitchell with the last version of the script being handled by Breach and The Hunger Games writer Billy Ray, not to mention Ehren Kruger and Robert Rodat fiddling with it, but Carnahan will rewrite himself now. Stay tuned.