Brian Koppelman And David Levien Writing National Treasure 3 And City Of The Sun

Rounders writers and Knockaround Guys directors Brian Koppelman and David Levien are one of my favourite screenwriting teams in the US.

Their last released picture was Solitary Man, a film which was credited to both of them as directors, and Brian alone as a screenwriter. Meanwhile, David has been earning himself a tasty reputation as a writer of thriller novels.

In a recent interview with Done Deal Pro, Koppelman let on that the duo’s most recently completed script is an adaptation of David’s novel, City of the Sun, and that both of them will direct it as a movie. He also revealed the studio assignment that they’re currently beavering away on:

We just finished the screenplay for our next film to direct, an adaptation of David’s book City Of The Sun, and are now working on National Treasure 3 for Bruckheimer.

Jon Turteltaub, who directed both previous National Treasures, has just signed on to direct  the romcom-in-a-courtroom, Unreasonable Doubt. Presumably, that could come before the next Indiana Cage.

Nat’ Treas’ 3 would be the second threequel that I know Levien and Koppelman to have handled, after Ocean’s 13, but I wouldn’t like to guess how many they’ve script doctored. Could easily be anything up to a dozen, I’m sure.

Levien’s novel City of the Sun has this blurb:

Jamie Gabriel gets on his bike before dawn to deliver newspapers in his suburban Indianapolis neighborhood. He is twelve years old. Somewhere en route, as the October sky lightens, he vanishes without a trace.

Fourteen months later, Paul and Carol Gabriel are on the verge of abandoning all hope. Crushed by frustrating dead ends and exhausted by a police force that cannot (or will not) find their son, the Gabriels finally find a ray of hope: the name of an elusive private investigator who may represent their last chance.

Frank Behr is an enigmatic mountain of a man, a former cop who wants to help–but knows better than to give the Gabriels any hope of a happy ending. He has worked this kind of case too often. But Paul’s plea stirs up old personal demons that Behr can no longer ignore. Going against everything he fears, Behr enters into an uneasy partnership with Paul on a quest for the truth that is, in turn, dangerous … and haunting.

Yep. I’m in. I think I’m even going to buy the novel first… then sit tight for Thirteen Million Dollar Pop, Levien’s follow up, releasing this summer.

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