Dreadnaught:The Hollywood Reporter states that A Man Apart, Vin Diesel, and director Dominic Sena (Kalifornia; Gone in 60 Seconds, Swordfish), are in negotiations to star in and helm, respectively, Columbia Pictures/Red Wagon Prods.' Dreadnaught.
A fall start date is being planned, after Diesel wraps shooting Universal Pictures' The Chronicles of Riddick. The project reunites Diesel with the same studio that distributed his last feature, Revolution Studio's XXX.
Dreadnaught is described as a David-and-Goliath dual at sea that pits a relentless captain against his commanding officer on the most high-tech warship ever created. Red Wagon Prods.' Lucy Fisher and Doug Wick will produce the project with Sean Bailey and Cooper Layne, who brought the original script to the company. Columbia executive vp Amy Baer is overseeing the project. Blake Masters wrote the original script with a rewrite by Dan Gilroy and David Arata.
Diesel has a lot of other projects on his plate including an untitled romantic comedy, a musical entitled Guys and Dolls possibly to costar Nicole Kidman, & XXX2, and an epic war film titled Hannibal. However, with the recent box office disappointment of A Man Apart and Knockaround Guys; it is expected that Diesel wants to get started on another “sure thing”, big budget, action feature before taking his chances at projects that may be somewhat risky …like Vin in a romantic comedy perhaps?
&Dreadnaught originally started off as a project for director McG (Charlies Angels 2: Full Throttle) and a possible starring vehicle for Will Smith before both ultimately decided to pack up and move on.