Described as a period noir, the film will take place in the 1970s where Gosling will play Holland March, a socially troubled private eye detective who, as luck would have it, crosses paths with Crowe’s burly hired muscle, Jackson Healy. Thereafter, the atypical duo must venture into the foreboding streets of Los Angeles to solve the case of a missing girl. Soon, though, the pair realize they are in over their heads.
Co-written by Black alongside relative newcomer Anthony Bagarozzi, The Nice Guys also marks the filmmaker teaming up with reputable industry producer Joel Silver, who worked in tandem with Black for Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and 1987’s buddy cop film, Lethal Weapon. Speaking with Variety, Silver spoke of his excitement to re-team with his old creative partner.
“Ever since we did Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, I’ve been eager to work with Shane again, and with this film we made it happen. It’s a terrific script written in Shane’s great cinematic voice. With Russell and Ryan on board, I know we’re in for another wild ride.”
Given that this is very much a Shane Black production, expect witty and snappy dialogue along with the usual dark comic thread — and heck, there may even be a segment that takes place at Christmas time, too.
The Nice Guys is expected to hit theatres on June 17th, 2016. Until then, you can let us know your own early thoughts on the crime-laden project in the comments below.