Variety is reporting that screenwriter David Twohy has been tapped to scribble out the screenplays for a couple of films over at Paramount Pictures including the sequel to the hit 2003 heist flick The Italian Job.
The sequel is currently set to be titled The Brazilian Job and Twohy tells Variety his duties on that came up on accident as he says, “I came in to pitch my own heist picture called The Wrecking Crew, something I planned to direct myself,” but he ended up with scribe duties on the sequel only as F. Gary Gray is expected to return along with the entire original cast. Production is expected to head to Rio de Janeiro for the sequel, and the studio is already being courted by automakers eager to exploit the resurgence that the original pic created for the MiniMini Cooper.
Twohy, however, will be directing his own script for Nickelodeon Films, the movie, The Would-Be Warrior, which he describes as “a fantasy adventure in the Jumanji vein, involving a modern 15-year-old boy who gets caught in a centuries-old feud between Norse gods… It’s good, crazy fun. It has visual effects and lots of action, but it pokes fun at other grandiose sword and sorcery epics.”
Another piece of work on the scribe/helmer’s desk is The Break, a sci-fi actioner described as a new version of the long-in-development film Alien Prison, which revolves around earthlings who attempt an escape from the aliens who’ve snatched them for experimental purposes. Apparently Twohy’s version will have a more traditional jailbreak tone.