With his rather good MMA fighting drama Warrior currently in cinema’s (our review HERE) but struggling to make it’s money back with $15 million worldwide returned to date on a $25 million budget and this week the film dropping out of the U.S. Top 10; and his previous film, 2008′s Edward Norton & Colin Farrell led cop drama Pride and Glory bringing in no returns, it’s good to see that Hollywood is still in the Gavin O’Connor game, deeming his financial failures to be down to unpopular subject matters, rather than on films that were badly made (as they certainly weren’t).
Often directors struggle to find work having cost studio’s money but according to The Playlist, Warner Bros haven’t been put off and have just bought a spec script co-authored by the director. Titled The Samurai, the movie is promised to be a “brutal lightning fast thriller, with international locations that also features a love story as part of the plot”. O’Connor and co-writer Michael J. Wilson (Ice Age, Shark Tale) pitched the idea that WB liked and it’s now just a case of returning in the future with a full script they like equally enough to put serious money behind.
No exact story details are clear yet but the script gets O’Connor back into the Warner Bros family (he made Pride & Glory here whilst Lionsgate funded Warrior), though he also has another screenplay in development at the studio with his Warrior co-writer Anthony Tambakis titled Victory.
Though The Playlist say The Samurai is what he wants to make next, so more info on that one when we get it. Meanwhile go out and see Warrior… it’s likely to get your adrenaline pumping way more than Real Steel.
WARRIOR is ROCKY meets KARATE KIDS meets UFC! (the first announcement of Warrior)