Russell Goes from "The Fighter" to "2 Guns"

Wed, January 12th, 2011 at 5:07pm PST | Updated: January 12th, 2011 at 5:12pm

TV/Film
Kevin Mahadeo, Staff Writer

Russell plans to adapt "2 Guns" with Vince Vaughn attached to star

From boxing to gun wielding, according to The Hollywood Reporter director David O. Russell -- currently receiving critical praise and Academy Award buzz for his recent film "The Fighter" -- is currently in negotiations with Universal to rewrite and direct an adaptation of the BOOM! Studios comic book "2 Guns" written by Steven Grant with art by Mataes Santolouco.

The title follows a DEA agent named Trench and undercover Naval Intelligence officer Steadman, who, unaware of each other's real professions, team together to steal money from the mob. Unfortunately, the twists continue as the $50 million they stole actually belongs to the CIA.

Universal originally picked up the project in August 2008, with Vince Vaughn attached to star. Blake Masters penned the first draft of the script, but with Russell coming on, Universal is asking for another pass. Marc Platt, along with BOOM! co-founders Andrew Crosby and Ross Richie will produce.

What this news means for Russell's other upcoming adaptation -- the previously announced "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune" based on the popular video game -- remains to be seen, but sources told the Hollywood Reporter that the director is considering helming "2 Guns" before "Uncharted."

Stay tuned to CBR and Spinoff Online for more on "2 Guns."

TAGS:  universal studios, david o. russell, boom! studios, 2 guns, steven grant, mataes santolouco, mark platt

 
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