What's even more fascinating is the scale Premium Rush, which I am 99% positive is the name of a Capri Sun flavor I used to drink in the '90s, is set up to be. Sony is bankrolling the production, which Variety says they see as "a big-budget actioner, much like the films Koepp is known for penning, and will feature the kind of elaborate chases associated with a William Friedkin pic." The Friedkin emulation I can understand, as The French Connection still remains a benchmark chase film, but the big budget Koepp titles they're referencing include Spider-Man, Jurassic Park, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Maybe I just lack the fiscal recklessness required, but I find it a stretch to turn a film about a bike messenger who is getting stalked across the cityscape of New York by a package-craving dirty cop into the same league as dinosaurs, ancient temples, and do-good, radioactive mutants. I love a chase film as much as the next guy, and I probably love David Koepp's writing/directing gigs even more than the next guy, but he is going to have to shoot on location on every street corner of NYC, crash a couple of Bugatis, and hire Brad Pitt as the cyclist and Angelina Jolie as the dirty cop to drive up a big-league budget close to Koepp's other scripts.
Take Cellular for example. It's a briskly paced, always-on-the-move thriller that is essentially an endless chase scene that jumps between a variety of means of transport, and it only cost $25 million to make. I have a curious feeling about Premium Rush, despite the straight-to-VHS worthy title, because Koepp's previous directorial efforts Stir of Echoes, Secret Window, and Ghost Town have banked enough good credit with me to give the man a shot whenever he announces a new project. And I'm all for a thriller looking to give a new spin on an old formula. I just hope the desire to make a 'big-budget actioner' is an organic by-product of the story, and not a mandate from above.
(Editor's snark: Peter has simply GOT to see Quicksilver! --sw)