A bidding war is reportedly underway to bring to the screen a still-unpublished novel that has been described as “Speed at 35,000 feet. ” FallingThe novel won’t be released until July, but the studios have seen great potential in the gripping premise, with more than 14 major studios, networks and broadcasters vying to be the first to win the day and create their own franchise.
Written by new author TJ Newman, Falling finds “more than 140 passengers on a crowded flight from New York to Los Angeles who still don’t know that their pilot’s family has been kidnapped just half an hour before takeoff. Now, in order for his family to live, the pilot must continue orders and crash your plane, “which sounds suitably intense. While most of the story takes place on air, there is also said to be a relentless FBI agent trying to save the family on the ground. “Sounds like a job for Keanu Reeves …
The idea for the story arose while TJ Newman was working as a flight attendant and realized how vulnerable pilots and their families could be to terrorist threats. Newman even went so far as to ask a pilot what he would do if he had to choose between his family and his passengers before instantly noticing the horror in their eyes and the mere thought of such a horrible situation. Well, seeing that horror paid off for Newman, as he has since signed a two-book deal with Simon & Schuster worth seven figures.
The project certainly sounds like a serious throwback similar to Jan de Bont’s action play, with reports indicating that there are currently at least two formal offers on the table, one from a studio with plans to launch. Falling on the big screen and another on a network that visualizes the project as a limited series.
While we wait to see what happens to Falling, Speed Director Jan De Bont recently provided an update regarding Speed 3, saying he would only consider returning to the action franchise if Keanu Reeves was also on board. “It depends on how the story goes, I think. In general, I’m not a big fan of sequels. I had in my contract that I would do a sequel. If necessary, you have to have the cast to want to come back too, because otherwise, you have to tell a whole new movie, “De Bont said when asked if a trio was on the cards.
“Because part of the first was so focused on him and him, the kind of awkwardness of him being a hero. And that awkwardness of being in a position to be a hero is … that worked out really well for him. but it doesn’t work well for other actors. And it’s really hard to get that same kind of feeling back. “
Depending on what happens to Falling, it could very well turn out to be the unofficial Speed sequel that fans have always wanted. This comes to us courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter.
Topics: Falling at 35,000 feet