Tyrese Gibson to Lead 'Desert Eagle' Action Flick at Universal Next
Just after we learned that Fast & Furious franchise star Tyrese Gibson was trying really hard to land the lead role in the eventual reboot of Green Lantern at Warner Bros. Pictures, the actor is heading to the studio that made the first adaptation of the DC Comics superhero for his next project. Deadline has word that Gibson is attached to star in Desert Eagle, an action spec script that the actor/rapper wrote with Mike Le. The story follows two border patrol agents sent to investigate a drug cartel being operated out of a Native American reservation casino. That sounds kind of like an old school thriller premise from the 90s.
The script will now be rewritten by Matthew Stuecken and Josh Campbell (they also wrote the remake of Snabba Cash in development) with Ted 2 producer Scott Stuber on board as well, but the original script should be a good starting point since Mike Le was behind the Black Listed script Patient Zero, which is currently in the process of heading to production. Gibson has yet to prove he has appeal beyond the Transformers films and Fast & Furious franchise (watch the Super Bowl spot for Furious 7 right here), but he'll have a chance to show off his skills in the boxing drama Southpaw with Jake Gyllenhaal, and he'll also get into action comedy with Ride Along 2. We'll keep you posted on Desert Eagle to see how it turns out.