Rob Cohen had a couple of back-to-back goofy hits with The Fast and the Furious and xXx, but he started hitting a slump with the evil-fighter-jet movie Stealth, a limp The Mummy sequel, and recently Alex Cross. But perhaps he’ll get back on track with Risk. Thankfully not based on the board game, Risk is an action heist thriller. Per THR, “The film follows a talented thief as he is released early from prison for one reason only, to execute a nearly impossible, once in a lifetime art heist. Reluctant to follow the same path that put him in jail in the first place, he is drawn into a dangerous triangle between his crime boss and his accomplice in crime – a beautiful, mysterious woman whose motives remain unclear until the explosive ending.” A criminal who’s pulled back in for one last job? And he has untrustworthy accomplices? Clearly, we have never seen anything like this countless times before. Eric Harlacher‘s script is out to agents and casting now. Production on Risk is set to begin this summer.
To his credit, Cohen cites the “sophisticated caper/thrillers” Topkapi, To Catch a Thief, and The Hot Rock as inspirations for his picture. Also to his credit is a movie where guy out-snowboards an avalanche.