Ok, so here’s the deal. Shane Black is the writer and the director. Setting is Los Angeles in the ’70s. The stars are Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe. The synopsis segments read “the suicide of a fading porn star”, “muscle-for-hire, recovering alcoholic” and “murder conspiracy bizarrely rooted in smog and the U.S. auto industry”.
It doesn’t get much cooler than that now, does it?
It has been reported earlier this week by “The Wrap” that Black, the writer of “Lethal Weapon” and “The Last Boy Scout” and the director of “Iron Man 3,” is putting together a package for Gosling and Crowe to star in his new noir movie called “The Nice Guys,” an old script of Black and Anthony Bagarozzi’s that’s drawing some new attention.
Here’s the synopsis, which luckily kind of sounds like a combination of “L.A. Confidential,” “Boogie Nights” and “The Big Sleep”:
However, the dead girl’s aunt is convinced she saw her niece alive and well after the highly publicized incident. March needs money, takes the case, and within days, it’s blossomed into a far-reaching murder conspiracy, bizarrely rooted in smog and the U.S. auto industry.
Black and Anthony wrote “The Nice Guys” several years ago, yet the project has been on hold until recently. The two of them even staged a public reading of the script in October 2011 at the Austin Film Festival.
However, we’ll have to wait a bit more for the official confirmation. Representatives for Gosling and Crowe cautioned that it’d be premature to call either actor attached, especially Crowe, as the project may conflict with his publicity schedule for his upcoming directorial debut “The Water Diviner.”
We are certainly keeping our fingers crossed for it would be a major bummer not to carry out this promising idea featuring the two amazing actors. Just imagine Russell and Ryan in a noir film. Go away, goose bumps, go away.