Update – 6/8/2011
Vince Flynn fans may finally get the author’s work on film if former Warners honcho Lorenzo di Bonaventura has his way. The author told Good Morning Minnesota this week that multiple screenplay drafts have been written and casting could begin in days.
Flynn is a wildly popular author of political thrillers that regularly land on The New York Times’ bestseller list. In just the last three years, two of those books topped the fiction charts and all have been best sellers. That’s a great track record for an author who didn’t take no for an answer and self-published his first book.
CBS Films, trying to break into the see-saw feature film world, optioned Flynn’s novel Consent to Kill three years ago. That may seem like a long time ago, but is only a moment in the chaotic world of film production.
The story traces an Al-Qaeda attempt to detonate a nuclear weapon in Washington. If that sounds like a plot you might have seen on 24, learning that the author served several weeks as a story consultant for the hit Fox show that went off the air this year won’t surprise you. Kiefer Sutherland’s Monday night shoot-‘em-up knew a thing or two about suspense.
Mitch Rapp in the Flesh
Mitch Rapp is the hero of many of Flynn’s books, including Consent to Kill. Fans across the Internet have been buzzing about choosing an actor to play Flynn’s counter-terrorist agent. Most sources suggest the casting decision will be between Colin Farrell and Gerard Butler. Sue wrote about casting Mitch Rapp just over two months ago.
Both are great choices. Farrell and Butler are handsome guys who can scruff up to play Mitch Rapp blending into the scenery. My personal vote is for Butler who has amazing eyes and can switch from Guy in Supermarket to Guy with Pistol. Yeah, I know his birth certificate doesn’t say USA, you xenophobes. Neither does Hugh Laurie’s. Anyone believe Dr. House is the guy from Jeeves and Wooster?
The Rapp on Consent To Kill’s Director
When I wrote about Consent to Kill in April, I immediately dropped in an extended YouTube clip of Denzel’s Oscar winning performance in Training Day and gave a shout to Fuqua and Lemkin’s Shooter with Danny Glover and Mark Wahlberg. Yes, I called him Marky Mark. Old habits die hard.
Antoine Fuqua, tabbed for almost a year to direct Consent to Kill, is going to direct his way to an Oscar stage one day. He is that good a director. He won’t get there with CTK although I thought he had a shot with this year’s talent-laden Brooklyn’s Finest.
The Money Man and The Writer
Lorenzo di Bonaventura is the lead producer on this project. That will undoubtedly thrill Flynn fans because he knows how to get action films done (the Transformer series and GI Joe, which he is hereby forgiven for) as well as series (Ludlum and Stephen King are targets of his).
Lorenzo played with whimsy in Stardust, which wasn’t his fault because Neil Gaiman stories are notoriously difficult to film. He also brought Angeline Jolie a reprieve with Salt.
di Bonaventura has snared Jonathan Lemkin to adapt Vince Flynn’s novel. Lemkin wrote The Devil’s Advocate, which featured one of my favorite underrated plot twists, as well as Shooter, which was directed by…yup, Antoine Fuqua.
Expect explosions. Expect plot twists. Expect grittiness that Bourne films lack.
Consent to Kill Looks Like A Go
Vince Flynn once redacted “rendition” and told Good Morning Minnesota last week that he often is given tips. A Twin Cities resident, Presidents Clinton and Bush are supposed readers. Flynn shared some great anecdotes, including Laura Bush telling her husband to stop asking about his sources. He’s also been at the White House four times, which is three times more than I have, and I’ve lived near it for a few decades. He even talks about sharing cigars and drinks with the King of Jordan.
The big news for Rapp fans? I’ll quote Flynn. “We’re getting close [to a Rapp film]. We were on the 1-inch line last February, then we backed up to the 10 yard line and now we’re at the 1 yard line.”
(Translation for non-football fans. It sounds like my Redskins, but yes)
Flynn finished by saying the fifth revision (c’mon, Lemkin!) of the script was due on August 27 and casting could begin after Labor Day.
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