Hey guys, it’s Jana.
Let’s play a little game called ‘A few of my favorite things’. That’s right – YOU get a car! You get a car and yes, YOU GET A CAR! OK, so not quite like that. You don’t have to worry about my stating anything about “Raindrops on Roses”. My list begins with Burt Reynolds’ laugh, Comic Books, Beethoven – Preferably Piano Sonata No. 8 ‘Pathetique’ in C minor, all 3 movements, Good music. Not just ‘eh’ kind of music, but GREAT music, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Harry Connick, Jr., and the amazing Shane Black’s movies.
Added into that list is cute boys that can sing. Russell Crowe happens to fit that bill. I’ve no idea if Ryan Gosling can sing or not, but he is fun to look at. Crowe and Gosling have signed on board for a police drama ‘The Nice Guys‘ with ‘Iron Man 3‘ director Shane Black putting his vision to film.
Shane Black is one of those directors that I praise every time I get a chance, so don’t be surprised that the hero-worship begins now. Black has written and filmed some of the most quintessential films of the 80’s and 90’s. He wrote ALL of the ‘Lethal Weapon‘ movies, ‘The Monster Squad‘, ‘The Last Boyscout‘, and ‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang‘ to just name a few. So yes, Shane Black is definitely one of my favorite directors.
During the ‘Lethal Weapon’ days, Joel Silver produced a majority of Black’s projects being that they both worked for Warner Bros. it made sense not to break-up an obviously successful team. Things happened and Silver split from Warner Bros. a few years ago. I mean opposing views of cash usually breaks up a marriage, a business partnership apparently can’t all be on the same page, either. This project will team up Silver with Black and the Warners again. I’m just imagining the table reads for this film as being overly tense to say the least!
The script, co-written by Black with Anthony Bagarozzi, is set in Los Angeles during the 1970s and centered on a pair of detectives investigating the seeming suicide of a female porn star whose career was on the decline — leading to the uncovering of a criminal conspiracy.
When asked for a plot, Black gave us this – “In smoggy 1970s Los Angeles, Jackson Healy (muscle-for-hire, recovering alcoholic) and Holland March (private eye, practicing alcoholic) are brought together by the suicide of a fading porn star. Problem is, the dead girl’s aunt is convinced she saw her niece alive and well, AFTER the highly publicized incident. March needs money, takes the case-and within days, it’s blossomed into a far-reaching murder conspiracy, bizarrely rooted in smog and the U.S. auto industry.”
Sounds like this one just might be made a bit neo-noir. If that’s the case, I’ll be first in like for this, then!