Director McG in Talks to Helm This Means War
02.22.10 by BJSprecher
Director Joseph "McG" McGinty Nichol may soon be trading one war for another. McG fast-forwarded the Terminator franchise into the "War of the Machines" in Terminator Salvation last year and now he may be ready to engage in a different type of conflict in This Means War. According to Variety, McG took a meeting on the 20th Century Fox lot last week to discuss directing the action-comedy that has been kicking around Fox for years.
In development at Will Smith's Overbrook production company, This Means War has gone through many revisions and permutations over the years. At different points in time, such disparate talents as actor-comedian Martin Lawrence (Wild Hogs) and director Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean) were attached to the movie.
Apparently, what finally put the project on the fast track to development after nearly a decade was the most recent version of the script, penned by Tim Dowling (Role Models). The story revolves around two covert operatives who are lifelong friends until they both fall for the same woman.
Bradley Cooper has signed on for one of the spy roles, while Reese Witherspoon will play the woman in the middle. Variety also stated that it was Dowling's script that attracted Cooper and Witherspoon to the movie.
This Means War is considered a "priority project" at Fox and could go into production as early as late spring. No other cast announcements have been made at this time.