The hottest script in Hollywood just got one of the hottest stars as insiders say that Christian Bale (American Psycho, Batman Begins, Terminator Salvation) has attached himself to The Prisoners, joining Mark Wahlberg (The Happening) on the thriller and making the package for Aaron Guzikowski’s spec even more desirable. That follows word from Bryan Singer that he’d like to direct the pic, though there’s no official confirmation from his reps yet that he’s come on board, the Hollywood Reporter writes. In addition, they got more details on the storyline, which can be read inside.
After his 6-year-old daughter and her friend are kidnapped, a small-town carpenter butts heads with a young, brash detective in charge of the investigation. The father is a Bible-reading, deer-hunting survivalist. The cop, meanwhile, can’t wait to get to the city. Feeling failed by the law, the father captures the man he believes responsible and begins to torture him in a desperate attempt to find out what he did with the girls, whom he’s convinced are still alive.
The project is said to have echoes of “The Silence of the Lambs” and “Seven.”