Warrior's Gavin O'Connor has found his next feature directing gig. Deadline reports that he is on board to direct Yakuza, a contemporary Japan-set thriller for Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment. The story follows "an American intelligence expert who becomes embroiled in the affairs of a notorious yakuza godfather and finds himself plunged into the violent criminal underworld and toxic landscape of post-tsunami Japan."
Aaron & Matthew Benay wrote the original script, with Chap Taylor doing rewrites. O’Connor and Josh Fagin are rewriting the script again. Brian Grazer is producing, and Imagine’s Kim Roth and Sarah Bowen will be executive producers. O’Connor is also attached to direct Neverland, a Channing Tatum-produced revisionist look at Peter Pan for Sony Pictures scripted by Billy Ray. He also has The Samurai, a spec script he wrote with Michael J. Wilson, for Warner Bros.
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