HollywoodReporter.com — Based on Howard Gould’s books, the AFM-bound project is being helmed by Tim Kirkby, who directed episodes of ‘Veep’ and ‘Fleabag.’
Mel Gibson is putting his action boots on once again.
The actor, last seen in 2017’s comedy Daddy’s Home 2, is teaming with Charlie Hunnam and Eiza Gonzalez for Waldo, The Hollywood Reporter can reveal.
The action-packed thriller comes from Brit filmmaker Tim Kirkby, best known for directing episodes of Veep and the pilot for Fleabag, and follows a brilliant ex-detective gone rogue. The film is based on the novel Last Looks by Howard Gould and published by Dutton. The sequel, Below the Line, is set to be released next Summer.
Andrew Lazar, Christina Weiss Lurie and Steve Shainberg will produce. IMR International is handling foreign sales, which will launch at the AFM this week. CAA Media Finance is handling the US rights.
Waldo introduces a new hero in disgraced former LAPD detective Charlie Waldo, played by Hunnam, currently living the life of a minimalist in the woods. His quiet life comes to a startling halt when he is roped back into working as a private eye to investigate the murder of an eccentric television star’s wife. Filming is set to commence in the first quarter of 2019.
Gibson can next be seen in the Venice-bowing Dragged Across Concrete, and also has Farhad Safinia’s The Professor and the Madman and Boss Level directed by Joe Carnahan in the works. Hunnam, meanwhile, has JC Chandor’s Triple Frontier, Justin Kurzel’s The True History of the Kelly Gang and Max Winkler’s Jungleland lined up, while Eiza Gonzalez has Robert Zemeckis’ Welcome to Marwen, Robert Rodriguez’s Alita: Battle Angel, Bloodshot alongside Vin Diesel, and Kung Fury 2.