What next for Tony Scott?

Out of the three movies Mike Fleming at Deadline suggests might be Tony Scott's 2011 project, there's one I'm gunning for more than others and here's a clue - it's the one that doesn't star Shia LaBeouf! The movie in question is Potzdamer Platz, a crime drama about two soldiers in a New Jersey-based family who attempt to take their deadly gangster business global. The most recent draft was turned in by Sexy Beast writers David Scinto and Louis Mellis - (yes, Sexy Beast! and this year's 44 Inch Chest, though I ain't seen it yet) at Fox 2000. Buddy Giovinazzo wrote the original script, based on his book. Earlier this year a Puerto Rico January shoot was muted with Mickey Rourke leading (still attached), Javier Bardem and Jason Statham circling - and Scott announcing he wants to bring in Christopher Walken, Johnny Hallyday, Al Pacino and even the five-year retired Gene Hackman to co-star! It certainly sounds a class or two above Scott's recent movies, as entertaining as they are. The full blurb makes it sound Soprano's-esque;
"A New York Mafia crime family, known as the Franchise, sets up base on the biggest construction site in Europe, Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, setting in train a destructive confrontation with the Russian Mafia. Tony, the youngest hit-man in the history of the Franchise, is sent in first, to terrorise and soften up the opposition, which he does with catastrophic results when an innocent 14 year old girl is killed. Feeling guilt and shame over a life spent destroying everything he's ever laid his hands on, Tony decides to change his life, especially after he falls in love with Monica, a medical student from East Berlin. But he finds changing his life of violence and cruelty nearly impossible to do. Torn between his loyalty to the Franchise, his only family, and his feelings of love for Monica and the redemption she can offer, Tony tries to balance a life in both worlds, the criminal and the scarier world of normal life; with tragically mixed results. Action-packed, sexy and filmic, Potsdamer Platz reveals the dark and threatening world of contemporary Berlin after the wall came down €“ a city of two halves flooded with new money and in the throes of economic transformation, ripe with opportunity for the forces of organised crime".
As Potzdamer Platz is a square in Berlin and the shoot is now taking place in South America, I think it's fair to say a title change is forthcoming. The others I would still turn up opening night to see (Scott is always worth his admission fee) but in truth are slightly less intriguing; Paramount's adaptation of John Grisham's recent legal thriller The Associate with Shia LaBeouf (likely to be a derivative of the dime-a-dozen 90's 'innocent man driven to go bad by his employers' thrillers with LaBeouf once again trying to desperately be the next Tom Cruise), though there's an above norm interest considering it comes from a William Monahan (The Departed) screenplay. And Hell's Angels - a Donnie Brasco style thriller focusing on a cop who infiltrates the legendary biker gang with Mickey Rourke as Sonny Barger (how's that for awesome casting?) and Shia LaBeouf to play the cop. Original Rise of the Apes writer Scott Frank turned his attention to the screenplay after being axed on that movie, and his final draft is imminent at Fox 2000. With Rourke it sounds cool but LaBeouf, seriously, why? Oh and there's talk today of Scott directing Vin Diesel's long-gestated Hannibal The Conqueror epic (early discussions have taken place according to the actor) and the probably untrue rumour coming out of San Diego Comic Con linking Tony Scott to a Wolverine sequel. Both are period movies that don't particularly sound like they should be helmed by Tony Scott, his attachment would feel a bit off. Wrong. Out of place. But again - Potzdamer Platz, as little as we know about it, sounds like it could be something special, especially if he can keep that cast for his multi-cultural tale.

Matt Holmes is the co-founder of What Culture, formerly known as Obsessed With Film. He has been blogging about pop culture and entertainment since 2006 and has written over 10,000 articles.