Tony Scott eyes ‘Narco Sub’ at Fox

Helmer attached to direct and produce action thriller based on Guggenheim spec

Who said no one in Hollywood was working over Thanksgiving?

20th Century Fox used the holiday weekend to close a preemptive deal for David Guggenheim’s action thriller spec “Narco Sub,” which Tony Scott is attached to direct and produce through his Scott Free shingle, along with Simon Kinberg via his Genre Films banner.

Described as reminiscent of Scott’s hit action pics “Crimson Tide” and “Man on Fire,” the project’s plot details are being kept under wraps. That said, narco subs are semi-submersible crafts that South American drug cartels have used to smuggle cocaine into the U.S.

Guggenheim developed the script with producer Kinberg, who then gave the spec exclusively to Scott. Priority project is now being fast-tracked at Fox, where both Scott Free and Genre Films are based.

Steve Asbell will oversee for Fox and Aditya Sood for Genre Films, while Michael Costigan and new hire Elishia Holmes will oversee for Scott Free.

Over the last year and a half, former Us Weekly editor Guggenheim has established himself as one of the hottest action scribes in town. Next year sees the release of Universal’s “Safe House,” which stars Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds, as well as Millennium Films’ “Stolen,” toplined by Nicolas Cage. Guggenheim also wrote “Puzzle Palace” for Summit, which McG just signed on to direct, and he just sold the pitch “364” to Universal Pictures with Ron Howard attached to direct.

Additionally, Guggenheim just wrote the script “Santiago” for Fox, which Kinberg is also producing. “I’m so excited to be working with David again,” said Kinberg. “We’ve had a great experience on Santiago, and he’s crafted another truly original, riveting action movie with rich characters and a world we’ve never seen on screen. It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to work with Tony Scott. His films are a huge part of why I got into making movies in the first place. I can’t wait to see him in action, and get a chance to learn from the master of the genre.”

Scott last directed Fox’s actioner “Unstoppable” and is attached to direct biker pic “Hell’s Angels” for the studio.

Kinberg co-wrote and produced Fox’s upcoming action comedy “This Means War” and produced the studio’s adaptation of “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.” He’s currently producing Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi epic “Elysium.”

CAA reps Scott and Kinberg, while Guggenheim is repped by agent David Boxerbaum and manager Adam Kolbrenner of Madhouse Entertainment.

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