Shane Black's Nice Guys has found its nice guys, with Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling teaming up for the writer/director's upcoming period cop drama. The project will be produced by Joel Silver for Warner Bros, the once-team behind Black's Lethal Weapon franchise.
The script, co-written by Black with Anthony Bagarozzi, is set in Los Angeles during the 1970s and centered on a pair of detectives investigating the seeming suicide of a female porn star whose career is on the decline — leading to the uncovering of a criminal conspiracy.
I mean, that all sounds pretty good, right? Shane Black lending his golden touch to a cop conspiracy movie set in the '70s during the booming porn industry - nothing to hate about that. Can't complain about Crowe or Gosling, either. Black and his longtime collaborator Bagarozzi, who has a "special thanks" credit on A.W.O.L. and The Long Kiss Goodnight and is co-writing the upcoming Doc Savage with Black, once did a live staged reading of the Nice Guys script at the 2011 Austin Film Festival, and you can read more about that here. More script details from that reading below:
In smoggy 1970s Los Angeles, Jackson Healy (muscle-for-hire, recovering alcoholic) and Holland March (private eye, practicing alcoholic) are brought together by the suicide of a fading porn star. Problem is, 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.
The script apparently used to be called The Nice Guys, but they dropped the "the." It's cleaner.
I'll make a few predictions about this movie, if I may:
1) I will love it.
2) Crowe and Gosling aren't going to be terribly nice guys, after all.
3) One of them will have the '70s mustache, and one will have the sideburns. I'm voting for 'burns on Crowe, 'stache on Gosling. Play to your strengths, gentlemen.