It’s amazing how even the hottest of scripts can’t find a way to get into production. Over two years since originally announced (and called the hottest script in Hollywood), Aaron Guzikowski’s Prisoners finally has a new director.
Denis Villeneuve, who is getting raving reviews for his thriller Incendies, has landed the gig to direct Prisoners, a vigilante thriller echoing The Silence of the Lambs and Seven that’s set up with Warner Bros. and The Blind Side producer Alcon Entertainment, reports the LA Times.
Various stars have been attached since the project was first put into active development in 2009, with Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale at one point lined up to play the father and the detective, respectively. Training Day director Antoine Fuqua was on board to direct before he left to helm another film.
Leonardo DiCaprio had been attached to star, but his involvement was considered fluid before a director came on board, and Kosove said DiCaprio won’t be joining the project.
Guzikowski’s dark tale “centers on a small-town man who, after his daughter and her friend are kidnapped and the cops fail to solve the crime, takes matters into his own hands, holding hostage the person he suspects committed the crime. He also comes into conflict with the big-city detective assigned to the case.”