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With his proto-Alien prequel Prometheus a nominal success ($125 million dollars box office domestic, $175 million from foreign venues), Ridley Scott has attached his name to another possible film project. As the 74-year-old director gears up to shoot The Counselor with Brad Pitt this fall, he has partnered with his American Gangster screenwriter Steve Zaillian on a big screen remake of The Day Britain Stopped.
The project is based on a 2003 mockumentary which chronicled the disasterous consequences for U.K. transportation from a series of interconnected accidents. After a tragic train derailment causes the nation's railway workers to stage a strike, the roadways of Britain become snarled with gridlock ver a holiday weekend. The rerouting of critical personnel causes additional logistical chaos, resulting in a greater tragedy and bringing all of the airways, roads and railways to a complete standstill.
Via the initial report, Scott and Zaillian want to expand the concept and bring the crisis to a global playing field. The project is in the very early stages of formation and a screenwriter hasn't been hired to develop the story any further.
Scott is attached to more than a dozen film projects, so don't expect to see this one in theaters anytime soon. For example, he's been attached to a big screen Monopoly movie for over a decade that hasn't passed go yet.