McG to direct McQueen's lost film?
The Director McG, most known perhaps for his Charlies Angels success, has a new Warner Brothers three year deal. With that he's planning to develop three films, one of which is the unfinished film from Steve McQueen.
Hard as it is to believe that this film was ever going to get made, there is some solace to be had from the fact that someone who does understand action is going to do it. However Steve McQueen was never one for stylised action, he was one for the raw, reality of it, so it's quite a surprise to see McG announced for the film according to Variety.
Yucatan is the project that I've talked about before when Steve McQueen's original notes for the film were discovered. Unfortunately that's as far as McQueen could take the project before he passed away, but he had a raft of notes made including sketches for some scenes.
The film, which you can read about in length here, was only discovered quite recently by McQueen's son Chad:
"McQueen's son Chad discovered sixteen leather bound books of over one and a half thousand hand written pages filled with drawnings, photographs and detailed screenplay notes written by McQueen which were hidden away for years."
The story of Yucatan is about...
"...an archaeologist from the Museum of London enlists a renegade Navy diver, who works for the oil companies and races motorcycles on the "shores of the Mojave," in a plan to explore the cenotes, caves in the Yucatan jungle that reveal underground lakes. Here, a millennium before, Mayan priests sacrificed virgins covered in gold and precious jewels, a fortune rumored to still adorn their skeletons at the bottom of these sacred wells. "
It has been described as some of the best bits of all his films pulled together, chase scenes, epic feel, great visuals, a strong moral story, and above all an adventure heist.
It sounds wonderful, but let's not kid ourselves here, it could never be the same without Steve McQueen. What is going to be more interesting is what will McG make of it. I think he's a rather unusual choice.
If the idea was to keep it to McQueen's vision, which his son as previously said, I do think McG's over stylised and too MTV. I would have chosen an older and more paced director, and who wouldn't be hungry to take on a project such as this?