Brace yourselves: the director of Tron: Legacy is teaming up with the writer behind Black Hawk Down and the producer behind Transformers to make a firefighter drama titled No Exit.
I don’t know whether this is good news or bad news, but right now, I’m excited nonetheless.
The drama is based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, an Arizona firefighting team who risked their lives to combat the 2013 Yarnell Hill Fire, one of the deadliest wildfires in the state’s history. The film is being directed by Tron: Legacy and Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski, produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and written by Black Hawk Down scribe Ken Nolan, who also wrote the 2007 Cold War miniseries “The Company.”
How this news sounds to you depends on your opinions of these figures. I like Joseph Kosinski, but I know overall opinions are mixed between Tron: Legacy and Oblivion. Black Hawk Down was an amazing survival story, but that’s been Nolan’s only movie credit since 2001. And I absolutely despite Transformers, as well as all of di Bonaventura’s other credits, which include RED, G.I. Joe, The Last Stand, Salt, Man On A Ledge, and other shabby productions that haven’t earned a recognition beyond a people’s choice award (though the producer isn’t as responsible for those works as the filmmakers themselves are).
All the same, I’m excited for No Exit. The firefighter’s story of bravery and survival is one primed and ready to be told through film, and since Kosinski won’t be overloading his movie with special effects, it may force him to focus more on the actors and tell a more grounded, human story as opposing to a science-fiction fantasy.
We’ll see how good No Exit will be come its release date. Until then, I will leave these filmmakers to it and make my own exit.
– David Dunn
SOURCE: Screenrant, Collider.com