John Carpenter to Shoot ‘Riot’
John Carpenter’s eagerly awaited next film may well be a thriller without horror elements. According to iF Magazine, Carpenter will direct Nicholas Cage in Riot for Nu Image/Millennium Films.
The film features juvenile delinquents trapped inside a prison during a “Scared Straight” program when a large-scale riot breaks out. Cage plays an inmate who winds up protecting the kids from the carnage. So this is more than Halloween territory.
No other casting has been announced and the film hopes to shoot in the next few months although a teaser poster was recently released.
If the film sounds familiar, it’s because it had been previously announced under the title Scared Straight and coming from New Line with director Rob Cohen but it wound up floundering and being made available to the man behind Escape from New York.
The screenplay by Joe Gazzam merited a place on the 2005 Black List, the best annual collection of best unproduced screenplays.