Director Ridley Scott and screenwriter Steve Zaillian, who previously collaborated on “American Gangster,” are set to produce a project for Fox inspired by 2003 BBC docudrama “The Day Britain Stopped,” which turned on the fictional disaster of a London train strike. (They insist it is not a remake.)
The train strike acts as the first link in a chain reaction of disasters that completely incapacitates Britain. Though both Scott and Zaillian are attached, at the moment the former has no plans of directing, nor the latter of writing. Both have deals with Fox. Scott is currently preparing for Cormac McCarthy’s first foray into original screenwriting, “The Counselor,” which stars Michael Fassbender (apparently Scott loved his brilliant turn as the Peter O’Toole-mimicking robot in “Prometheus” as much as everyone else), Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz.
Zaillian’s Film Rites, which is one of the producers on “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” series, will be assembling and producing many projects at Fox’s three divisions, Fox, Searchlight and Fox 2000. Film Rites partnered with Scott Free on adapting Hugh Howey’s e-book “Wool” at Fox, and has a producing credit on Summit’s Henry Cavill-Bruce Willis thriller “The Cold Light of Day” (September 7). Among the upcoming Film Rites titles are Errol Morris’ “Freezing People is Easy” (Paul Rudd, Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson and Christopher Walken) and a remake of Nacho Vigalondo’s Spanish sci-fi film “Timecrimes,” which Zaillian wants to direct.
Check out the entire original of “The Day Britain Stopped” below: