Goldsman, Artisan find their Mann for ‘Tonight’

Superhero story to begin filming in 2004

Artisan Pictures has set Michael Mann to direct “Tonight, He Comes,” a drama that was scripted by Vincent Ngo and will be produced by Akiva Goldsman.

Ngo, who is scripting “Charlie Chan” as a Lucy Liu vehicle at Fox, wrote “Tonight, He Comes” six years ago; it was originally picked up by Tony Scott. Artisan and Goldman eventually bought it, and the same reps at CAA showed it to Mann, who will helm the film sometime in 2004.

Artisan will seek out a partner to share production costs.

“Tonight” is about a tortured superhero who crash-lands in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, and tries to revitalize himself by romancing an alluring housewife — causing chaos in the city.

Pic was the first project bought by the studio after Artisan Entertainment CEO Amir Malin brought in former New Line exec Richard Saperstein to run production. Saperstein bought it on a recommendation from Goldsman. Pic will be shepherded by Artisan’s Patrick Gunn and Rachel Murray.

“I’ve always felt it was one of the best unmade scripts,” said Goldsman, who’ll produce under his Weed Road banner. “Anytime I’ve spoken to someone in a position of power, I’ve asked them to buy it.” Goldsman and Mann worked on Warner Bros.-based project “The Revenant” for Mann to direct. “The character starts out potent and effective, and when the will to do what he’s supposed to do wanes, he finds himself in this existential crisis,” said Saperstein. “The lead character bears some resemblance to protagonists we’ve seen in Michael’s films, played by actors like Robert De Niro or Al Pacino.” CAA repped both Mann and Ngo.

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