Tony Scott Is Heading Back Underwater

Tim Grierson
The Projector
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It's funny how people have softened on director Tony Scott over the years. When Scott, the younger brother of "Alien" and "Blade Runner" filmmaker Ridley Scott, first came onto the scene in the mid-'80s with movies like "Top Gun" and "Beverly Hills Cop II," he was slammed for being all flash, no substance. His high-octane style has been criticized ever since, but along the way he's also started to win over critics by making adult action-thrillers that rely less on CG and more on good ol' fashioned suspense. By the time last year's "Unstoppable" came out, some reviewers treated him like a wise old elder whose action films ran rings around those young whippersnappers'. Stick around long enough, and people will eventually like you.

If we had to pick our favorite Tony Scott film, it might very well be "Crimson Tide," his 1995 thriller with Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman. His next movie may be somewhat similar.

Variety is reporting that Scott will be producing and directing "Narco Sub." At first, we hoped this movie would be about a sentient submarine that busts drug dealers -- you know, some sort of cousin of the boat in "Battleship." Sadly, that doesn't sound like that will be the case:

Described as reminiscent of Scott's hit action pics "Crimson Tide" and "Man on Fire," the project's plot details are being kept under wraps. That said, narco subs are semi-submersible crafts that South American drug cartels have used to smuggle cocaine into the U.S.

"Narco Sub" was written by David Guggenheim, who has become one of the hottest action screenwriters in the last couple years. (He wrote the upcoming Denzel Washington action-thriller "Safe House," which really looks like a Tony Scott movie.) Still, that doesn't mean this will definitely be Scott's next project: He's got "Hell's Angels" and maybe a "Wild Bunch" remake on his docket. But with "Narco Sub," Scott could again tackle what he does best: high-tech action that's buoyed by strong, simple lead performances. That's what's great about "Crimson Tide": You went in to the movie excited about the submarine, but it was the interplay between Washington and Hackman that really made the film go.

Tony Scott eyes 'Narco Sub' at Fox [Variety]