“Gone Girl” scribe Gillian Flynn has come aboard Steve McQueen’s heist thriller for New Regency. This marks the British director’s first feature film since his “12 Years a Slave,” also financed by New Regency, won Best Picture in 2014.
The yet-to-be-titled heist thriller thriller is based on the 1983 Brit miniseries “Widows,” which was penned by Lynda La Plante, who wrote the original six-part series as well as Helen Mirren starrer “Prime Suspect.” “Widows” is about a caper gone awry after four armed robbers are killed in a botched heist. Their widows team up to finish what they started. It will be interesting to see what McQueen does with what is perfect terrain for Flynn.
According to THR, the film won’t be titled “Widows” and it will be set in a modern-day American city that isn’t London. This more commercial-sounding McQueen outing is expected to enter pre-production in the Fall, with Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of “The King’s Speech” producing.
McQueen is also at work on the HBO drama “Codes of Conduct,” which recently got a limited series order, starring Devon Terrell and Paul Dano. Late last year, the “Shame” and “Hunger” director had his eyes on a Paul Robeson biopic, but that appears to be on the back burner as the “Widows” revamp gets underway.
Flynn meanwhile is busily collaborating with David Fincher on their own HBO series, “Utopia,” as well as the forthcoming remake of Hitchcock’s “Strangers on a Train.”