Tuesday, 30 June 2015

New writer attached to Vin Diesel's Kojak

The idea of Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious 6) inheriting Telly Savalas's iconic role as Lt. Theo Kojak fills us with both the idea of intriguing possibilities and the nagging image of Kojak saying "Who loves ya, baby?" while enjoying a lollipop as a car careers off a rooftop. Still the one man movie machine remains committed to taking it on. Now news arrives via Deadline that seasoned TV writer Philip Gawthorne is working on a new draft of the script.

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.

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