If you were the directors of a movie that had eclipsed $2 Billion at the box office and were aggressively trying to get your production company off the ground, cherry picking the talent of your latest hit may be a good idea. Or at least that seems to be the Russo Brothers current M.O. After securing Chris Hemsworth for the kidnapping drama Dhaka, the Infinity War directors are dipping back into the Marvel pool of talent. According to Deadline, this time it’s the Black Panther star, Chadwick Boseman they’ve landed to star in the action thriller 17 Bridges.
The film, which begins production in just 3 weeks, is set to open July 12th, 2019. Brian Kirk (My Boy Jack) will serve as director, working off a script originally by Adam Mervis and rewritten by Matthew Carnahan. 17 Bridges centers a city sprawling manhunt for a cop killer and the disgraced NYPD detective (Boseman) who seeks a shot at redemption, after uncovering a conspiracy linking fellow officers to a massive criminal empire.
This is only the latest development for the Russo Brothers AGBO production company. Last week they won the movie rights to the novel Cherry. It’s rather impressive to see filmmakers planning long-term. Not only to diversify their output, but to also develop talent along the way.
In the case of 17 Bridges, it’ll be very interesting to see how it turns out. STX Entertainment’s last two offerings, Mile 22 & The Happytime Murders have both struggled to find success with audiences. The difference here is Boseman, who has proved that even in lesser films (Message From The King) or given limited screen time (Draft Day), he’s capable of captivating performances. How that translates to the box office though, remains to be seen.
What do you think? Excited by the concept for 17 Bridges? Will you show up to everything Chadwick Boseman appears in? Are you content to submit to the onslaught of AGBO productions coming down the pike? Let us know in the comments below. We’ll update you with any further developments with this movie, when they become available.