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‘The Adjustment Bureau’ Director and ‘The Last Stand’ Scribe to Collaborate on Sci-Fi Project for Universal

Posted by , on January 19, 2013 at 12:00 pm 

Ever since making his directorial debut with the Philip K. Dick adaptation The Adjustment Bureau — which proved to be a solid early-year success for Universal back in 2011 — writer-director George Nolfi (whose earlier scripting credits include Ocean’s Twelve and The Bourne Ultimatum) has been scrambling to find his follow-up project. He was once a leading contender for the Captain America 2 job, but that position has since been officially grabbed by Community executive producers Anthony and Joe Russo.

Nolfi has attached his name to a number of other projects, too, including the Cuban missile crisis thriller One Minute to Midnight as well as the Darren Aronofsky-produced XOXO. A new piece from THR has thrown another option into the mix — “an untitled sci-fi action project” that, as with The Adjustment Bureau, will be handled by Universal.

Nothing else is yet known about the film’s story, though Nolfi — who has plans to both produce and direct the project — will be collaborating on the screenplay with Andrew Knauer, the original scribe behind the new Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle The Last Stand. “Nolfi and Knauer met during the making of Last Stand,” claims the story, “when the former did rewrite work on the action movie…Nolfi read the spec and was sufficiently impressed that he reached out to Knauer to collaborate on the high-concept project.”

With the details still so vague, it’s hard to get too amped-up about this project, though I was a modest fan of The Adjustment Bureau, if only for the sincere sparks between co-stars Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. And with so many projects now on his plate, I suppose it’s high time that Nolfi sat down and figured out which one he’s going to tackle first.

Which of these Nolfi-led projects are you most excited about?


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