Shane Black’s The Nice Guys has hit the ground running with a wave of positive reviews gushing over the director’s cool ’70s thriller.
It’s been an awful long time coming for Black, too, who first drafted the premise for his buddy cop comedy – something of a Black speciality over the years – all the way back in 2001. In those intervening years, the project flirted with both CBS and HBO, where Sean Penn would have headlined.
Alas, it wasn’t until Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe took point as The Nice Guys that Shane Black’s noir began to take shape. Now, it’s two weeks out from release, with Warner Bros. handling North America distribution to the director’s spiritual successor to Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. And by all accounts, it’s been worth the wait.
There’s a chance THE NICE GUYS is the ultimate Shane Black film. Holy shit is this one great.
— Andrew Woods (@JimJarmuschHair) May 5, 2016
— Eric Vespe (@EricVespe) May 5, 2016
The Nice Guys is pretty great. happy to have goofy Ryan Gosling back, and if anyone can make me like Russell Crowe again, it’s Shane Black.
— Britt Hayes, Esq. (@MissBrittHayes) May 5, 2016
— Andre Diniz (@andredre1) May 5, 2016
THE NICE GUYS is one of the movies I’m going to ask people about to see whether or not we can still be friends.
— Connor Kelley (@WhichItIs) May 5, 2016
Also starring Angourie Rice, Matt Bomer, Margaret Qualley, Keith David and Kim Basinger, The Nice Guys shoots for theaters on May 20.