November 18, 2011

Ridley Scott And Gerard Bulter Want To Make African Coup Film

It seems like every couple of months a new Ridley Scott project springs up. There is word from Deadline director Ridley Scott is putting together an interesting fact-based thriller with Gerard Butler attached for the lead. It would focus on the story of Simon Mann, a former British army officer who in 2004 put together a band of mercenaries to attempt a coup against the president of Equatorial Guinea. The coup attempt was thwarted in Zimbabwe, where Mann went to pick up weapons. He spent five years in a harsh prison there before being taken to Equatorial Guinea where he was sentenced to 34 years–but spared that sentence when he received a presidential pardon in 2009.

Ridley has a ton of other projects to consider next but it seems like this one has a little more depth than some of his other prospects. He has more than a few options to consider which include a Blade Runner sequel, Forever War, A Brave New World, Monopoly and a possible sequel to Prometheus.

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