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Downey Jr. Launches Production Company; Lines Up Steve McQueen’s ‘Yucatan’

Posted by , on June 15, 2010 at 5:02 pm 


Everyone’s favorite movie star, Robert Downey Jr. has launched his production company First Showing tells us. The Warner Bros. based production company known as Team Downey was founded by Downey Jr. and his wife Susan Downey.  Although brand new, the company already has a project in the form of Yucatan.

Yucatan is a heist film that is the brainchild of legendary late actor, Steve McQueen (not the Hunger director). The film has been kicking around for a while now and with the help of Team Downey, it will finally start to be put into motion. Check out some info on the film below via /Film:

When Steve McQueen died 26 years ago, he left behind two custom-made trunks containing 16 leather-bound notebooks full of drawings, period photographs, a detailed script continuity containing over 1,700 pages of hand-typed/written material by McQueen. This was the remains of his lost vanity project titled Yucatan, a blueprint for a movie written entirely without dialogue, in a “hyper-stylized poetry.”

According to the New York Times, the story followed “an archaeologist from the Museum of London who 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.”

Another interesting fact coming out of this story is that apparently Downey Jr. is looking for a directing role. That’s right, Robert wants to give the director’s chair a shot.

I think this is good news for Hollywood. Robert Downey Jr. is one of the most talented actors working today in Hollywood and I’ll support almost any project he is working on.

What do you think? Looking forward to Team Downey productions?


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