We like news about Samuel L. Jackson. Though lately, most of that news also means chatter about Iron Man 2 or The Avengers. Either way, we like to see when the man picks up new work, especially when the project sounds pretty cool.
Jackson is now in talks to work on a new indie action flick titled Deathgames, alongside the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street‘s Kellan Lutz. The premise sounds a bit like something we’ve seen before, though. From Heat Vision:
The story centers on a young man (Lutz) who is kidnapped and forced into the savage world of a modern gladiator arena, where men fight to the death for entertainment of the online masses. Jackson orchestrates the games, overseeing them from his computer lair with the help of twin ladies who see to his every desire.
Jonah Loop, a visual effects supervisor on such pics as “Collateral” and “A Perfect Getaway,” is making his directorial debut with the film, which begins shooting next month in Louisiana. MPCA’s Brad Krevoy and Mike Callaghan are producing with Mark Williams.
The film comes from indie production company Motion Picture Corporation of America, and this could be their first big ticket project. The script comes from the team of Michael Hultquist and Robert Martinez, as well as Tony Giglio, writer/director of 2005’s Chaos starring Jason Statham.
While there’s no official word whether Jackson and Lutz have signed onto the project for sure, you can expect MPCA to get the ball rolling soon enough, with a projected release date of 2011.