EXCLUSIVE:Potzdamer Platz is shaping up as to be the next film that Tony Scott will direct. He has Javier Bardem, Jason Statham and Mickey Rourke circling–along with three financiers–for a drama about two soldiers in a New Jersey-based crime family who try to expand internationally.
By the time the picture pulls together its financing and distribution for a fall start, it will probably have a new title. Potzdamer Platz refers to a train station and bustling commerce center in Germany, and I’m told the venue is being changed to Puerto Rico.
I’d heard that in addition to that trio of thesps, Scott was hoping to coax his Crimson Tide star Gene Hackman into starring. I’m told by insiders that’s not going to happen, which likely means that Hackman—who last starred in 2004’s Welcome to Mooseport—is content writing books and isn’t eager to return to the screen.
Scott and his Scott Free banner have been working on Potzdamer Platz since the script was acquired in 2000. The script by Buddy Giovinazzo has been rewritten by the Sexy Beast team of David Scinto and Louis Mellis. The film is being sold by CAA’s Film Finance Group. While word is that Relativity and Lionsgate are among the interested parties, 20th Century Fox gets first crack at the picture, because Scott Free is based there. The other financiers in the mix are Metropolitan, Sammy Hadida’s company which was involved in Scott’s True Romance, Inferno, and QED International are circling along with Relativity for the $38 million budget drama.
Scott, who most recently completed the runaway train drama Unstoppable with Denzel Washington and Chris Pine for Fox, has long held Potzdamer Platz close to his heart and brought it up for years in junket interviews along with other passion projects that include a remake of the Walter Hill-directed Warriors. Looks like Scott is finally going to get this one before the cameras