Dreamworks is moving Motorcade back in the fast lane. (See what I did there? I might as well be on Variety's staff. /Sarcasm) The project, once the object of Tom Cruise's vigilant eye, is now moving forward without Live Free or Die Hard director Len Wiseman, who was also attached at one point. Replacing him is prolific television director Jon Cassar, who has helmed 59 episodes of "24" and the made for TV movie 24: Redemption. Motorcade will be Cassar's feature directorial debut.
The studio is hoping to lock down Ryan Reynolds in the role of a "disgraced Secret Service agent who happens to be in the wrong place at the right time when the U.S. President is kidnapped in New York." Reynolds, who is next starring in the live-action superhero flick Green Lantern for Warner Bros., has not yet officially signed onto the project.
When we originally heard about this project, the premise was slightly different: terrorists attack the President's motorcade as it drives through Los Angeles. Now, after rewrites from Billy Ray on the initial script by Hans Bauer and Craig Mitchell, the setting seems to have shifted to The Big Apple and the story has gained a more human element. I think Reynolds would be great in this role, and the logline is definitely more appealing by adding that In The Line of Fire aspect to it.
Dreamworks is hoping to start production about this time next year, so we'll have to wait a while for this one. But are you interested in seeing Reynolds in this kind of role? I hope it will provide an opportunity for him to fulfill the necessary-sounding action requirements, but also to show us some more of his dramatic talent. I don't want to see Ryan Reynolds end up like Michael Cera - playing the same character over and over. What do you think?