Schumacher's Inland Saints makeover
I find this rather amusing, and it's one of the ways that Hollywood and the creative writing process works, but usually when new writers come on board a project they rework the script and come up with something a bit different, and that's what the studio is looking for.
In this case though it's a radical plot change and has taken an interesting idea from Kurt Sutter (The Shield ladies and gentlemen) and made it into something completely different, something that ticks more boxes for those involved.
The leader of a dangerous street gang falls in love with the daughter of the detective hired to bring him and the gang to justice.
Sounds okay, although the falling in love bit is a little twee, I would hope that it isn't the main focus of the story, although a Romeo and Juliet tale wholly developed from the modern day streets might give something interesting. Whatever direction it was going to take, that was the original idea, and bear in mind that there would be a lot more to the pitch than just that short one liner, otherwise studios would be kicking you out the door.
Now the writers Damian Shannon and Mark Swift, who wrote the restart of Friday the 13th and almost brought to life Spy Hunter, have been taken on board and have slightly altered that pitch. Here's their view:
It's an action horror film in a small town desert wasteland which is overrun and ruled by gangs and drugs.
Okay, now that had me laughing because that's almost totally different, okay there are drugs and gangs still in there, but that's a radical change of idea, and idea from the brains behind The Shield no less. Personally I might be interested in seeing his idea come to fruition, but then it is Joel Schumacher, and he's looking for some of his former glory.
Perhaps it'll start involving “Vampyres” and teenagers? That might help him out a little.