‘Transit’ begins filming this week

Fishburne to star in Kaye-directed pic

“Black Water Transit,” a crime drama once in development for Bruce Willis at Revolution, begins lensing this week with a new cast of characters.

Tony Kaye is helming the adaptation of Carsten Stroud’s novel of the same name for Capitol Films. About a shipping company owner who tries to get his junkie son freed from prison, the pic will star Laurence Fishburne and Brittany Snow. Karl Urban has also been cast.

Matthew Chapman wrote the screenplay. Pic is being produced by Robert Katz.

Willis and former producing partner Arnold Rifkin had been developing the project under their Cheyenne banner, which was based at Revolution. Musicvid helmer Samuel Bayer was slated to direct Willis two years ago (Daily Variety, Nov. 4, 2005). Vin Diesel and Samuel L. Jackson had been mentioned as potential stars after Willis moved on.

Kaye, who squabbled with Edward Norton while directing “American History X” almost a decade ago, has been working on indies.

Fishburne, who recently appeared in “Bobby” and provided vocals for “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer,” stars in “21” for Columbia.

Snow next appears in “Hairspray” and recently wrapped roles in indie “Finding Amanda” and “Prom Night” for Screen Gems.

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