Ridley Scott and Steve Zallian Team Up for 'The Day Britain Stopped'
Everyone knows director Ridley Scott, but you may not be quite as familiar with the name Steve Zaillian. He's a writer with an impressive list of credits that include Schindler's List, Clear and Present Danger, Gangs of New York,, and Moneyball. THR reports Zallian and Scott are joining forces to produce a disaster movie called The Day Britain Stopped, which is inspired by (and not quite a remake of) a 2003 BBC production of the same name that was half documentary, half narrative and told the story of a fictional disaster that led to the crippling of the country's transportation and the fallout that followed. More below!
If you're interested, you can watch the full original film from director Gabriel Range in its entirety:
Zallian also wrote American Gangster, the Denzel Washington film that Scott directed back in 2007, so it's clear that these guys have a solid working relationship. The duo is on the hunt for a writer to tackle The Day Britain Stopped right now, so we assume that means Zallian is too busy doing rewrites of the upcoming Jack Ryan film to adapt the script himself. There's no director set either, though it's worth mentioning that the original fake documentary was directed by Gabriel Range, the same guy who directed another fictional doc called Death of A President, which explored what might have happened had George W. Bush been assassinated in office. Why haven't we gotten more of those here in the US that aren't comedies? Either way, this sounds like a promising concept and with the sure hand of Scott as a producer, we should get something pretty memorable out of this one. We'll keep you posted with more as it pops up.
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