Friday, 5 December 2014

Pirates Of The Caribbean writer heads for Yucatan

It's been quite a while since last heard anything about Robert Downey Jr.'s (Iron Man) passion project Yucatan, based on an unfilmed treatment by the late Steve McQueen (Bullitt). There's been news of further progress recently, however, with Deadline reporting that Terry Rossio (Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl) has been brought in for a new draft of the screenplay.

Yucatan was a film that McQueen was actively developing in the late 1960s, but he never got it going before his untimely death in 1980. He filled over 1500 pages in a dozen notebooks, with script notes and storyboards detailing an underwater heist thriller. He'd have played the lead role of a renegade deep sea salvage expert, hired to uncover a mysterious treasure horde buried deep underwater in the titular Mayan ruins.

Warner Bro have wanted to get the project up and running again since it was unearthed by McQueen's sons in 2005. McG (Terminator Salvation) and David Heyman (Gravity) were involved with previous incarnations, and Downey and his production company have been attached since 2010.

With McQueen's treatment in no workable state, however, it's no surprise that Downey and his team have struggled with the script. Anthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes) was the most recent screenwriter to take a crack. Deadline believe that McQueen's exceptionally detailed concepts are being used simply as "a jumping off point for a mind-bending adventure story".

Downey and his wife Susan are producing Yucatan along with Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes), and the project is, naturally enough, being seen as a potential star vehicle for the once and future Tony Stark. As always, watch this space.

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