There’s a spec script out there by screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski entitled Prisoners, and it seems to be getting some top-notch attention. The Endeavor-represented script already has Mark Wahlberg attached to it as well as word from Bryan Singer that he would like to direct the project. Now comes word that Christian Bale is also attaching himself to the project, and eyes begin looking.
Unfortunately, all of this is a pretty shaky foundation. While the talent is interested, no one is officially signed on yet. The plan for Endeavor is to get these gentlemen to declare their desire to be involved and then shop the script with the potential names attached as eye candy. With names like that saying they want in, I can’t imagine it will take long to sell and get thrown on the fast track to ensure no scheduling conflicts remove anyone, but you never know these days.
Risky Business Blog was able to read the script, which they say is very dark, and that it’s a page-turner. Sounds like it would likely be of the R-rated variety.
Here’s their description of the story:
After his 6-year-old daughter and her friend are kidnapped, a small-town carpenter butts heads with a young, brash detective in charge of the investigation. The father is a Bible-reading, deer-hunting survivalist. The cop, meanwhile, can’t wait to get to the city. Feeling failed by the law, the father captures the man he believes responsible and begins to torture him in a desperate attempt to find out what he did with the girls, whom he’s convinced are still alive.
One to keep an eye on, for sure. Could be interesting.