Writer/director Shane Black. Los Angeles in the ’70s. Ryan Gosling. Russell Crowe. “The suicide of a fading porn star.” Do proposed movies ever sound any cooler than “The Nice Guys”?
The Wrap reported earlier this week that Black, the writer of “Lethal Weapon” and “The Last Boy Scout” and the director of “Iron Man 3,” is putting together a package for Gosling and Crowe to star in “The Nice Guys,” an old script of Black and Anthony Bagarozzi’s that’s drawing renewed attention. Here’s the pitch, which sounds like a combination of “L.A. Confidential,” “Boogie Nights” and “The Big Sleep”:
Set in smoggy 1970s Los Angeles, story follows Jackson Healy (muscle-for-hire, recovering alcoholic) and Holland March (private eye, practicing alcoholic), who are brought together by the suicide of a fading porn star. However, the dead girl’s aunt is convinced she saw her niece alive and well after the highly publicized incident. March needs money, takes the case, and within days, it’s blossomed into a far-reaching murder conspiracy, bizarrely rooted in smog and the U.S. auto industry.
Would you see that movie? Come on. Of course you would.