Focus Features has acquired Times Square, a Black List script from Taylor Materne and Jason Rubin, for director Justin Lin to helm. The crime thriller takes place during the “last days of old Times Square,” as it underwent a transition from a “seedy lawless Midtown Manhattan dump to a family-friendly corporate mecca.” With that as its setting, the plot will follow a young man who, after a secret from his past surfaces, finds that his loyalties are split between “his neighborhood boss who raised him and the grizzled ex-cop who swore to protect him.”
Unfortunately, no casting news has been announced just yet as Times Square likely won’t be shooting anytime soon. Lin is currently hard at work on filming the pilot for CBS’ Scorpion. After that, he’ll need to devote a significant chunk of time to the next entry in the Bourne series. He also has several other projects that he’s circling, like John Ridley’s L.A. Riots. In short, the director is a busy man and there’s no telling when he’ll get around to making Times Square.
Frankly, the script sounds a bit generic from the above plot summary. However, considering that it was on the Black List, and that Focus Features has picked it up for Lin, I’m sure there’s something special here. We’ll just have to wait a bit to see what it is.
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