Universal Pictures – who we imagine would indulge almost any whim of Diesel's given the potent box office for Fast & Furious 7 – is backing the project which at one point the actor (according to his Facebook page) wanted Ang Lee (Life Of Pi) to direct. We're certainly not there by a long stretch, but development is continuing, with playwright and EastEnders/Casualty veteran Gawthorne scoring job after job in Hollywood. He is already at work on the Cube (1997) remake for Lionsgate and has co-written medieval action spec World Breaker with William Eubank (The Signal).
Kojak, which would adapt the cop show that ran between 1973 and 1978, is apparently now intended to be a character based franchise. A previous draft of the script came from James Bond regulars Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, but there is no word on when it might actually head into production.