Back in 2010 Joe Carnahan (Narc, Smokin’ Aces, The Grey) was attached to direct the thriller Umbra. At one point the project had Roger Donaldson and Nicolas Cage attached as director and star, before they went on to make Seeking Justice instead. The project continued to sit on the bench when Carnahan went off to shoot his upcoming man vs. nature film The Grey.
Now the project has moved on again, this time around Martin Campbell (Casino Royale, Green Lantern, Edge of Darkness) is attached to direct.
Campbell needs a project he can rebound from after this past summer’s trainwreck of a comic book movie Green Lantern. He needs to make a film that will put him back in line with the praise he’s received for re-booting the James Bond franchise so well with Casino Royale.
Campbell has even went so far as to hiring his Casino Royale scribe Paul Haggis (Crash, In the Valley of Elah, Million Dollar Baby), which pretty much guarantees he will be directing from a solid script. Steven Karczynski wrote the original draft of the script and Carnahan more recently did some rewrites on it.
Umbra follows a man who gets a mysterious package in the mail which puts him in the middle of a government conspiracy.
Carnahan left the project due to personal reasons and wrote on his Twitter account (via The Playlist): “Excited to see what Martin Campbell will do with UMBRA & Haggis is an extremely talented cat. All my best to Jim Stern & the Endgame Peeps.”
The project is on the fast track with filming set to begin this spring, so we should be hearing about casting choices in the near future.
Paul Haggis last wrote and directed The Next Three Days starring Russell Crowe and Elisabeth Banks.
The Grey will open in theaters on January 20th.