Brett Ratner in Talks to Direct Midnight Run 2

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Deadline has learned that Universal Pictures is negotiating with Brett Ratner (Tower Heist) to direct Midnight Run 2 and has set David Elliot and Paul Lovett to rewrite the script. Robert De Niro will reprise his role as bounty hunter Jack Walsh.

Here’s the synopsis of the 1988 action comedy:

Jack Walsh (Robert De Niro) is a tough ex-cop turned bounty hunter. Jonathan ‘The Duke’ Mardukas (Charles Grodin) is a sensitive accountant who embezzled $15 million from the Mob, gave it to charity and then jumped bail. Jack’s in for a cool $100,000 if he can deliver The Duke from New York to L.A. on time. And alive. Sounds like just another Midnight Run (a piece of cake in bounty hunter slang), but it turns into a cross-country chase. The FBI is after The Duke to testify – the Mob is after him for revenge – and Walsh is after him to just shut up. If someone else doesn’t do the job, the two unlikely partners may end up killing each other in this hilarious, action-filled blockbuster from producer-director Martin Brest (Beverly Hills Cop).

De Niro and Jane Rosenthal’s Tribeca is producing with Ratner’s Rat Entertainment. Tim Dowling wrote the first draft of the script.

Ratner is also attached to direct Hercules at MGM with Dwayne Johnson starring.

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