GANGSTER SQUAD Director Ruben Fleischer to Produce and Helm Untitled Sci-Fi Fantasy for Sony

     April 25, 2013


It appears that director Ruben Fleischer is ready to try his hand at sci-fi.  The Wrap reports that Fleischer is returning to Sony Pictures—where he made Zombieland and 30 Minutes or Less—to helm an untitled sci-fi/fantasy pic.  Fleischer pitched the idea for the film himself, and Eric Pearson has been tapped to pen the screenplay.  The plot is being kept under wraps, but it’s decidedly different territory for the filmmaker who is coming off his period drama/actioner Gangster Squad.  While Fleischer found great success with Zombieland, the postponement of Gangster Squad‘s release didn’t seem to work in that star-studded film’s favor, as it tallied up a worldwide gross of just over $100 million against a $60 million budget.

Fleischer is also developing an adaptation of the video game Spy Hunter at Warner Bros. to direct, but it’s unknown what he’ll tackle as his next project.  Gangster Squad had some tone issues, but I’m definitely interested to see what Fleischer will do within the sci-fi genre.

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