In early 2010 Sam Worthington was the rising actor linked to pretty much every project in development. In early 2011, that mantle has been passed to “The Hurt Locker” star Jeremy Renner.
Renner and partner Don Handfield have formed the production company The Combine, with their first project in development set to be a Steve McQueen biopic that will serve as a starring vehicle for the actor says Risky Biz Blog.
McQueen was the movie star who epitomised ‘cool’ in the 1960s and 1970s. Older and more rugged than many of today’s pretty boys, his anti-hero persona was very popular with the public and allowed him to demand large salaries, however he was also combative with filmmakers.
His memorable roles were in pictures such as “Bullitt,” “The Magnificent Seven,” “The Great Escape,” “The Thomas Crown Affair,” “The Getaway,” “Papillon,” and “The Towering Inferno”.
James Gray (“We Own the Night”) is attached to write the screenplay based on two books by Marshall Terrill, while music video director Ivan Zacharias is attached to make his directorial debut on the project.
Renner, Handfield, Greg Shapiro, Brian Oliver and Nick Landon are all set to produce.
When this will fit in Renner’s schedule is unclear as the actor recently finished “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol”, is currently shooting “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” and “The Avengers”, and is set to star in “The Bourne Legacy” and “Better Living Through Chemistry”.