August 2, 2008 John Carpenter is set to direct a prison thriller with Nicolas Cage called "Scared Straight." Sounds like a horror movie, but it isn't. It will, however, be the first theatrical film from Carpenter since "Ghosts of Mars," although he did direct to excellent mini-movies for "Masters of Horror."
From today's Hollywood Reporter:
Nicolas Cage and director John Carpenter are in final negotiations to team up for a prison thriller titled "Scared Straight."
Nu Image/Millennium Films would finance the film and is in negotiations with Contrafilm's Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson along with Randall Emmett and George Furla to produce. Avi Lerner also would produce.
"Straight" follows a troubled youth who's sent to prison off the Scared Straight crime-prevention program, which imprisons delinquent teens for a short period in the hopes of deterring them from a life of crime. While the teen is there, a riot breaks out and the prisoners take him hostage. A lifer, played by Cage, is forced to help the young man out.
The project was set up at New Line for a couple of years but was let go recently. Contrafilm brought the project to Emmett/Furla Films, which has a deal with Nu Image/ Millennium.
Joe Gazzam wrote the original spec, which was rewritten by Ron Brinkerhoff.
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