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Marshall directing Jackman in Drive?

NeilMarshall.jpgNeil Marshall has another project on his slate, Drive. Not the adaptation of the videogame, although there are a few similarities between this and the game, no it's the James Sallis novel of the same name (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com / Play.com).

What's more it's possible that Hugh Jackman may take the lead, and the wheel, of the film as he produces with the possibility of starring should schedules allow.

Neil Marshall is beginning to be courted by Hollywood now that he's proved he's not just got a few horror stories up his sleeve. His latest film Doomsday is a post apocalyptic film, and planned he has a film about the last Roman Legion to cross Hadrian's Wall and enter Scotland before the mass retreat from Britain – they were never heard of again, of course. They loved the country so much they stayed and opened up a chip shop! - and then there's a film which he describes as a mix of H.P. Lovecraft and Unforgiven in a gritty Western horror called Sacrilege.

He's certainly got a mixed plate of films, and this one adds a new dimension, something without horror but bags of tension and suspense.

The story follows a man who is a stunt driver by day and getaway driver by night. He's a tough, quiet and closed off character who doesn't let anyone get close, closed off by a tough childhood. Apparently it's much more than you would expect, as at first reading the story you're thinking action, action, action. However it weaves the expected action through the early life of the character and the films in which he's starred, all merging together to tell a story of the man and how he came to be in a motel surrounded by dead bodies and badly injured.

It sounds an interesting novel, and I think one to drop onto my reading list, and it's also a strong choice for Hugh Jackman as the lead, allowing him to shake off his reappearance as Wolverine and give something strong and dramatic to the audience.

Neil Marshall talked to Variety about the film and seemed genuinely excited for the studio film:

"This is something I haven't done before, and I've wanted to bring a British sensibility to an L.A. shoot and a scorched classic film noir concept...Hoss [Hossein Amini] is a fantastic writer, and he's written three amazing car chases in the film. He's turned them into dramatic scenes as opposed to the usual crash, bang, wallop. I would like to be shooting it this summer."

It'll be cool to see Neil Marshall doing something completely different, as well as working with a big studio. Could this be the beginning of a huge career leap to big budget studio films, or perhaps just dipping the toe in the water?



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