Robert Downey Jr. and the writer and director Shane Black They meet, once again, after working together on “Iron Man 3”. This time, associated with Amazon Studios to develop a series of film and television projects adapted from the Parker crime fiction novels written by Donald E Westlakeunder the pseudonym Richard Stark.
The news confirmed by variety magazine mentions that the first project will be a feature film titled “Play Dirty”, in which Downey Jr. plays Parker, a professional thief with a brutal, mercenary work ethic. While Black will direct and write the adaptation alongside Charles Mondry and Anthony Bagarozzi. The director already has experience in writing this type of film. He is the author of “Lethal Weapon” 1,2,3, and 4, “The Last Boy Scout” or “The Last Great Hero.”
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Black, the savior of Downey Jr.
Shane Black and Robert Downey Jr have known each other for many years and was responsible for the actor’s first comeback in 2008. with the tape “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”; after years of instability and being fired from a supporting role on the series Ally McBeal for his bad behavior and addictions. Shane Black’s directorial debut with that film brought him back into the spotlight and marked a turning point in his career, as he was cast in Iron Man that same year.
His own version of Parker
It will be interesting to see how Robert Downey Jr and Shane Black interpret the character of Parker, since in the original novels the criminal is characterized as dark and almost silent, and Shane Black usually gives his films quite a bit of humor. The character of Richard Stark, Parker has already been portrayed on the big screen by various actors such as Lee Marvin, Mel Gibson or Jason StathamWell, you will see what feature Robert Downey Jr. adds.