Ridley Scott refuses to retire. Well into his 80s now, he’s just off Napoleon, currently on Gladiator 2, and already lining up another project – Bomb. Or, as per the publicity – BOMB.

20th Century Studios and his own Scott Free Productions will drive the project. 20th Century reportedly beat out nine other bidders for the project including Apple, Netflix, Sony, and Warners. It is based on a short story by Kevin McMullin and they grabbed the rights in a package deal that includes McMullin (First Harvest, Low Tide) as the writer.


McMullin on a previous set

According to the report in the trades, the story is said to blend Dog Day Afternoon with Speed and Phone Booth.

The night before his wedding in London, hostage negotiator Frankie Ippolito is called into work. A man has entered a construction site at the heart of London’s packed Piccadilly Circus and is with a newly uncovered, unexploded World War II bomb. He tells local law enforcement he will only speak with Frankie and this sets off a chain of events, where Frankie is drawn into an overnight struggle to stop the bomber with whom he has a past.


Piccadilly Circus – location of the werewolf rampage in American Werewolf In London


McMullin’s feature Low Tide was released theatrically by A24, and his First Harvest script landed on the Black List. He has written original features for Amazon and adapted the fantasy manga Made in Abyss for Sony. He founded the production house Boy & Star in NYC and LA. Scott and Michael Pruss are producing.

The lead role of Frankie has been described as a “killer opportunity” for any young actor, and the property is considered to have franchise potential.

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