'Warrior' Director Sells Original Script 'The Samurai' to Warner Bros.

September 30, 2011
Source: The Playlist

Gavin O'Connor

The MMA fighting drama Warrior may not have made a big splash at the box office, but the powerful family drama within a rather formulaic sports story worked surprisingly well on nearly every level and will likely have some Oscar nominations in order for Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton and Nick Nolte for their fantastic performances, and maybe the film itself. Now director Gavin O'Connor is in the midst if getting his next project together as The Playlist has learned O'Connor and writer Michael J. Wilson (Ice Age, Shark Tale) have sold their spec script The Samurai to Warner Bros. That's a strange pairing of talent. More below!

Of course, besides writing the aforementioned family friendly animated films, Wilson also had his had in co-writing The Odd Life of Timothy Green with Ahmet Zappa, so he's not just fit for animated kiddie fare. As for the project, details are sparse, but it's described as a a brutal lightning fast thriller containing international locations and an integral love story. Part of me wonders if this shares any elements with the 1967 French film Le Samourai, or if its a modern thriller with a lead character taking on the traits and traditions of an honorable samurai. Stay tuned as more details come to the surface.

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WOW! it would be interesting if it shares any elements with Le Samourai. Part of me don't want a "re-make" of the film, but another part wants to see what a "modern" Le Samourai would look like. Thanks for sharing

Waheed AlQawasmi on Sep 30, 2011


This for sure sounds interesting - and the samurai concept just reminded me of Ghost Dog - if you haven't seen it - see it! 

LMA on Sep 30, 2011


Dude, c'mon. Oscar nominations?! AYFKM? The flick was kind of a joke, no? That last scene in the cage had everyone in the theater laughing.

Anonymous on Oct 1, 2011

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