Ice Road Truckers, History Channel’s successful reality-style documentary about the dangers of frozen-lake trucking routes and the characters that traverse them, may well get turned into a “tough guy movie” by John Moore (Max Payne).
The series was optioned several years ago by 20th Century Fox, but now Moore has pitched the studio an attractive approach to the material, according to Deadline. He sees it as a classically styled men-on-a-mission film-
“…Here’s a bunch of characters who tackle problems by getting in there and getting things done. We’ll turn it into a mission movie that harkens back to Towering Inferno, Jaws, or The Guns of Navarone. You got a problem, go solve it. [sic]”
I could see this being a lot of fun with the right cast of characters, big trucks, beautiful locations, and some powerful-feeling action– but is that the kind of movie that will get made? Will it have any heft to it, or will it be a mostly studio endeavor with a lot of CGI snow (I fucking hate CGI snow) smeared over everything..?
This is still only a pitch, so if the ice truckers are going to make it to screen, they still have the long, cold, and constantly-budget-melting Hollywood road of ahead of them.
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