According to Variety, New Line is taking aim at Shoot-Em-Up. The studio has bought Michael Davis' action script and signed him to a mid-six figure deal to direct the pic. Pact includes an option for two more films.
Don Murphy, who brought the project to New Line, is finalizing a deal to produce with partners Susan Montford and Rick Bennatar through their Angry Films shingle.
The studio is fast-tracking the pic and hopes to get it into production by September. Casting will begin as soon as the producers' deals are completed.
Shoot-Em-Up is a violent action pic in the vein of a John Woo movie about a mysterious man protecting a newborn baby from criminals out to kill it. Set pieces include a shootout during a sex scene and another in the midst of a freefall.
"It's literally all the cool things you can do with a shootout," explained Davis.
The script has been in play at New Line for nearly a year. Davis, who has previously made indie pics including Slamdance winner Eight Days A Week and 100 Girls and has also worked as a storyboard artist, created a 17-minute hand-drawn animation that helped sell the project to studio topper Bob Shaye.