Justin Lin, the director who revved life back into the Fast & Furious franchise by directing the last four films in the series, is to direct a crime-thriller set in the last days of the old Times Square. Deadline is reporting that Focus Features has acquired the Taylor Materne and Jacob Rubin’s Black List script Times Square, which tells the story of a young man whose loyalties are divided, between his neighbourhood boss who raised him and the grizzled ex-cop who swore to protect him, after a secret from his past is unearthed. The film will be set in Times Square as it transitioned from “Midtown Manhattan dump to a family-friendly corporate mecca.”
Lin and Troy Craig Poon (Better Luck Tomorrow, Jackass: The Movie) are attached to produce, with Stone Douglass (Barry Munday) on board as executive producer.
It isn’t quite known when Lin will find time to fit this project in, considering how much he’s piling on his plate. Lin is at the helm of CBS pilot Scorpion and then he’ll be directing the next entry in the Bourne franchise, starring Jeremy Renner. Also, Lin has been attached to direct L.A. Riots, which comes with a screenplay by 12 Years A Slave Oscar-winner John Ridley.