11:34am PT by Borys Kit
'Act of Valor' Director Taking on WB's 'Line of Sight' (Exclusive)
Mike "Mouse" McCoy, one of the two directors who make up the Bandito Brothers, is in talks to direct Line of Sight, an action project at Warner Bros. that is being produced by Joel Silver and Andrew Rona.
McCoy, along with Scott Waugh, directed Act of Valor, the action movie that featured real SEAL Team soldiers. That experience will prove useful as Sight revolves around an elite commando squad transporting cargo while dealing with a global threat. One of the conceits of the movie is that it tells the tale from a point of view akin to a first-person shooter game.
The project began life as a spec written by F. Scott Frazier and then was worked on by Peter O’Brien, best known for writing video game Halo: Reach for Xbox 360.
Ben Affleck was attached to direct but since has moved on.
Silver Pictures’ Alex Heineman is exec producing, while Sarah Schechter is overseeing with Chantal Nong for the studio.
One reason McCoy got the gig was his approach to the material, with an intent to make it feel like a big-budget movie but to execute it at a price.
Valor has proved to be a fruitful launchpad for the Banditos, a commerical house that began funding and producing its own films, and it has set up several project since the movie, made for $12 million, opened in February and grossed $70 million domestically. Waugh is developing an adaptation of the video game Need for Speed for DreamWorks.
Sight shows that Motor City’s plug-pulling notwithstanding, Warners still is making movies with Silver Pictures, which also has Logan’s Run among its projects there. (The company now has a first-look with Universal; the first movie under the pact, the Liam Neeson action movie Non-Stop, is due to begin shooting Oct. 31.)
McCoy and the Bandito Brothers are repped by WME and Bloom Hergott.