"Inside Man" writer Russell Gewirtz has been hired to pen the screenplay of Brett Ratner's untitled thriller project.
Screenwriter Russell Gewirtz should be getting busier by now. Already being tapped to work on the script of the sequel to Spike Lee's "Inside Man", the man will also carry out the same job to an untitled thriller from "X-Men: The Last Stand" helmer Brett Ratner, Los Angeles Times has reported.
Assigned to build the screenplay from Bill Collage and Adam Cooper's first draft which was based on an original idea of comic actor Eddie Murphy, Gewirtz will develop a story involving "an unsuccessful, oh-so-last-millennium high-tech heist that is pointedly juxtaposed against the decidedly low-tech but no less artful plot of a couple of blue-collar guys with much more to gain and more believable motives."
It's "a bit lighter than 'Inside Man' while still aiming to hit those clever plot twists," he commented.
A Universal Pictures production, the project features Murphy and Chris Rock in the cast lineup and is scheduled to begin filming in March when all the principals next have a free window. Renowned producer Brian Grazer will produce with Dylan Clark, Donna Langley, Kim Roth, and James Whitaker all executive producing.