Now Russell is cooking up an R-rated drama for New Line, but this is no ordinary to-do. Focused on a plainclothes detective, this new project will try to bring back Harry Callahan's gruff type of crime-fighting persona to a new generation. Not Detective Callahan himself, but rather a new detective played by Russell's 'Three Kings' star Ice Cube.
Deadline reports that both Russell and Ice Cube are in talks with New Line for this idea to be a new potential franchise. As the star, "Cube will play a plainclothes detective who's quick on the trigger in an R-rated raw drama that's thematically a throwback to those 70s revenge films like the Harry Callahan movies that starred Clint Eastwood." Though the director created the idea with New Line's Toby Emmerich, it looks like another scribe will be brought in to kick things off as Russell tends to his other features -- not only the in-the-works films previously mentioned, but also his upcoming drama 'The Fighter,' with Christian Bale and his other 'Three Kings' star Mark Wahlberg.
From the looks of his recent projects, it seems like Russell is done with the quirk and wants to head back to his early 'Kings' fame and ease as much as possible. And though 'Nailed' sounded like a deliciously twisted tale, it's hard to blame the man for getting out of such years-long hassles.
Evoking the name 'Dirty Harry,' however, might fire up the hackles of many a film fan. But at least it's nice to hear that someone is eager to give a little old-school flavor without diluting it for a family audience. Is it time for a new tough detective that can hurl epic one-liners as fast as his bullets? Who follows men in his own time and is more concerned about crime than criminal rights?
Can a Callahan type thrive in this modern world?