Disney’s long-rumored Tron 3 has been ordered to the shelf indefinitely and in its place, director Joseph Kosinski is eyeing Yarnell Hill firefighter drama No Exit.
Swapping far-flung sci-fi for gritty drama, Kosinski’s latest centers on the Granite Mountain Hotshots, and Variety brings word that the movie has recruited two of its leading servicemen in Josh Brolin and Whiplash star Miles Teller. Penned by Black Hawk Down scribe Ken Nolan, the real-life feature represents a marked change of pace for Kosinski as a filmmaker, who has carved out a name for himself in Hollywood circles for delivering high-profile science fiction movies in the vein of Tron: Legacy and the Tom Cruise-fronted Oblivion.
And the director has picked quite the project to do so. In 2013, lightning struck Yarnell Hill in Arizona and ignited a vicious wildfire, one which spread across 8,400 acres wreaking destruction as it went. During peak time, more than 600 firefighters were dispatched to battle the blaze, but it’s understood No Exit will largely center on the core, 20-strong crew of Mountain Hotshots, who quickly found themselves far, far out of their depth when the freak fire grew into an all-consuming disaster.
Of the 20 crew members, 19 were killed during the wildfire three years ago, and it’s a tragic event that still stands as the deadliest wildfire of any kind since 1991, not to mention the biggest loss of firefighters in the States since September 11.
No Exit is yet to set sights on a production start date let alone a theatrical release window, though we’ll keep you updated as Kosinski and Nolan’s Oscar-friendly drama develops. As for Teller and Brolin, the former will soon be seen in The Divergent Series: Allegiant, while Brolin’s casting comes hot on the heels of the actor’s role in Hail, Caesar!.