David Twohy Pens Italian Job Sequel

By Garth Franklin Wednesday June 1st 2005 07:17PM

Director David Twohy ("Pitch Black", "Below", "The Arrival") has set up a trio of writing assignments, one of which will turn his original heist pic premise into "The Brazilian Job," the sequel to Paramount hit remake "The Italian Job" reports Variety.

Twohy, whom Paramount has also tapped to direct his script "The Would-Be Warrior" for Nickelodeon Films (he'll also write sci-fi actioner "The Break" for Columbia), said he landed the gig by accident. "I came in to pitch my own heist picture called 'The Wrecking Crew,' something I planned to direct myself, " said Twohy whose script credits include "The Fugitive" and "G.I. Jane."

Paramount is expecting the entire original cast to head to Rio de Janeiro for the sequel, and the studio is already being courted by automakers eager to exploit the resurgence that the original pic created for the Mini Cooper. F. Gary Gray will return to direct.

Paramount helped ease the blow for Twohy by sparking to his script "The Would-Be Warrior" and set him as its helmer. "It's a fantasy adventure in the 'Jumanji' vein, involving a modern 15-year-old boy who gets caught in a centuries-old feud between Norse gods. It's good, crazy fun. It has visual effects and lots of action, but it pokes fun at other grandiose sword and sorcery epics" says Twohy.

Twohy will return to his sci-fi roots with "The Break," a new version of the long-in-development film "Alien Prison." That project revolves around earthlings who attempt an escape from the aliens who've snatched them for experimental purposes. In the version Twohy has hashed out, "The Break" will have a more traditional jailbreak tone.

Thanks to 'Kriszta'.