David Koepp Directing Bike Messenger Movie Premium Rush
by Alex Billington
November 12, 2009
David Koepp, who's probably better known as a screenwriter than a director, has set up his next directing project at Sony. Koepp will helm Premium Rush, a bike messenger action movie, being produced by Gavin Polone (who last worked on Zombieland). The story centers on a New York bike messenger who picks up an envelope at Columbia University to deliver. A dirty cop is desperate to get his hands on the envelope as well, and chases the bike messenger throughout the city. The screenplay was written by Koepp and his frequent collaborator John Kamps. I've got to admit, this sounds like it'll be awesome, I'm already excited to see it.
Koepp last directed Ghost Town as well as Secret Window, Stir of Echoes, and The Trigger Effect before that. His most recent screenplays include Angels & Demons, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Zathura, and War of the Worlds. He doesn't have much experience directing action, but maybe that's exactly why he's taking on Premium Rush. Apparently this will get a big budget and is being fast-tracked by Sony, who is already looking for an actor to attach. Unless they get someone terrible, I'm in on this 100%. For reasons I can't explain, I'm just pumped to see a frickin' bike messenger action movie. Anyone else?
Bike messenger photo courtesy of Jeremy Hughes on Flickr.
Reader Feedback - 7 Comments
Can you say Kevin Bacon in Quicksilver!!!
birddog on Nov 12, 2009
i liked quicksilver, birddog! i'd forggotten about that one........i'm gonna put it on my neflix queue and watch it again. i like this concept - a dirty cop and a bike messenger playing a "cat-and-mouse" game in NYC......sounds fun.
beavis on Nov 12, 2009
straight to video
smacky on Nov 13, 2009
Excited isn't the word that I'm thinking of! I'm just wondering how they are going to get Henry Winkler to dress up like a Foessenger let alone getting him to jump the shark tank again for this movie. I can see it now, manpris, a wool jersey (retro graphics of course), cycling cap with the brim turned up (unless it is cold out then it would be wool with the brim down), urban eye wear, and of course the bag with his coffee mug in it. No special deliveries here 'cause it's all about the look. And the bike. Wow! I can only imagine how cool that is going to be. He will have to use those chopper wheels to get the extra lift over the shark tank. This is going to be e x c i t i n g.....
downsideupbiker on Nov 19, 2009
I just hope that some face to face research is done with actual experienced bike couriers. (this is not about the bike in the first place) At least send the main guy out on recon... make him work for 6 months on a bike so he can actually live what is so great about being a bike messenger... best 12 Years of my life. Pass this on.
yogi on Nov 23, 2009
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