Michael Shannon to chase Joseph Gordon-Levitt in PREMIUM RUSH
Last November, we brought you news of writer/director David Koepp's next directorial effort, PREMIUM RUSH, an intense, big-budget thriller about a New York City bike messenger who picks up a package one crooked cop would like to intercept. Joseph Gordon-Levitt (INCEPTION, 500 DAYS OF SUMMER) is set to get his QUICKSILVER on as the bike messenger who leads Michael Shannon (REVOLUTIONARY ROAD), the dirty cop, on a chase through the big city. Additionally, Jamie Chung (GROWN UPS, DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION) is in talks to play the female lead, JGL's ex who is somewhat of a hardcore bike rider herself. Together, the two use their skills on two wheels to outsmart and outrun their adversary.
Koepp is writing the screenplay along with John Kamps, who helped him write the Ricky Gervais fronted GHOST TOWN, as well as the 2008 JUMANJI "sequel" ZATHURA, and if that's not enough to get you excited, Kamps also worked on the story for MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS: THE MOVIE, which I think we can all agree that the story was really what made that movie such a success.
All sarcasm aside, it most likely isn't Kamps who is control of the bulk of this script, as Koepp's writing resume fits the concept a bit better. Films like JURASSIC PARK, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, and SPIDER-MAN have shown Koepp's ability to write action-packed blockbusters that have spawned massive franchises, but his previous directorial efforts have been much smaller, and at times, underwhelming. With Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Shannon on board, here's hoping it goes well.
Interesting side note: JGL recently posted an update on his Tumblr about having attended the New York Bicycle Film Festival, and added a little bit of boasting about having held a track stand for "a good several seconds today" so he must be getting himself ready to look the part, although, he's going to have to learn a little bit more than just a track stand if he's going to look like an authentic New York bike messenger...those dudes are CRAZY. I have faith in you though, Joe. If Kevin Bacon could do it, so can you.