This weekend, I got to speak a little with Thor screenwriters Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz (no specs and specs respectively). They were in London for the MCM Expo and were taking time out between the panels to chat with some bloggers and journalists.
I’ll follow up later with more of what they told me – particularly in respect of X-Men: First Class, on which they are credited writers – but for now, here’s a little news of a fresh collaboration that they’re currently working on.
Our conversation had come around, rather accidentally, to a project that they’re busy with for Bring It On and Down With Love director Peyton Reed. I’m a big fan of Reed’s, so I probed for more.
We’re working on a movie with Peyton Reed right now. He’s a lovely human being. You wouldn’t believe that the man works in Hollywood because he’s so nice.
We can’t really talk about the specifics of it, but it’s a project that he’s very excited about that we’ve been working with him on for the last two months or so.
It’s an adventure movie with genre elements that takes place in the 50s.
It will be a Miller-and-Stentz-and-Peyton Reed original. He’s not another writer on the project, but it’s an idea that he’s had in his head for while, for a particular world.
Adventure. Genre elements. 50s. Particular world. What a teasing puzzle.
Reed was most recently attached to direct Ricky Stanicky, a comedy with James Franco, but that film’s proposed start date of January 2011 came and went with, as far as I can tell, absolutely nothing doing. It’ll be good to have Reed back, no matter what, but it’s particularly enticing to know that he’s working up a project, with Miller and Stentz, that sits close to his heart.