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McG lined up to shoot "young Die Hard" flick Puzzle Palace

Feb. 20, 2012by: Paul Shirey

THIS MEANS WAR flounders at the box office, director will not be deterred and is planning to shoot PUZZLE PALACE, which "centers on the son of a veteran police officer who learns his father is framed for murder. When he finds out that there is evidence hidden that could free his father, he is determined to find it, even though it means breaking into One Police Plaza, the most secure building in all of New York City. He ends up being locked inside the police HQ with crooked cops on his tail."

The script is written by David Guggenheim, who consequently is having great success at the box office this week with his SAFE HOUSE taking the number one spot for the second straight week. Guggenheim has been gaining a lot of momentum as of late and this is just another race car on the track for him.  McG has been rather inconsistent and although he had the best of intentions for THIS MEANS WAR it simply isn't drawing in the crowds. 

I guess the date crowd prefers Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams over Tom Hardy/Chris Pine and Reese Witherspoon. 

McG describes PUZZLE PALACE as "tonally similar to 'DIE HARD'" and says "It's a smaller picture, it’s designed for a (Ryan) Gosling. It’s not as small and antithetical as DRIVE but it’s not a big giant over-the-top action picture, it’s meant to be a fun, intelligent action character study.”

I think what bothers me about this news is the "kid" aspect and linking it to Ryan Gosling, who is 32 years old.  It's likely that the youth aspect of the lead character is getting mixed up in the reporting of this story, but if it is in fact a "teen" (there's one report calling the lead a lawyer) then I have to start making my "cringe" face and use more quotation marks around words.  This formula was tried recently and the results of that experiment was the Taylor Lautner comedy ABDUCTION, which is one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. 

Wait...that wasn't supposed to be funny?

I like McG, contrary to the trend, and think with the right material he could really shine.  I prefer TERMINATOR: SALVATION over TERMINATOR 3 and enjoy the CHARLIE'S ANGELS movies as the cheesy style-over-substance mess that they are.  Hopefully, he finds his footing, but PUZZLE PALACE feels like a hard sell. 

Will Guggenheim's script change the game?  We'll find out as this develops.

Extra Tidbit: What project do you think would suit McG best? I think a "Speed" style action flick is tailor made for his style.
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3:58AM on 02/21/2012

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9:36PM on 02/20/2012
I don't really get the hate on McG & unlike Brett Ratner who is a complete douche with a massive ego, seems to be a nice guy who just catches flack for his take on Terminator.
I don't really get the hate on McG & unlike Brett Ratner who is a complete douche with a massive ego, seems to be a nice guy who just catches flack for his take on Terminator.
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7:10PM on 02/20/2012

After We Are Marshall...

I honestly don't hate the guy as much as I used to.
I honestly don't hate the guy as much as I used to.
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6:51PM on 02/20/2012
I don't mind this news but really that was after the shock of the headline and me thinking MickG (this looks cooler he should start using it) was going to do a Die Hard reboot wit a young McLane. Since that is not happening, I'm good.
I don't mind this news but really that was after the shock of the headline and me thinking MickG (this looks cooler he should start using it) was going to do a Die Hard reboot wit a young McLane. Since that is not happening, I'm good.
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6:11PM on 02/20/2012
Safe House wasn't #1 at the box-office last week ... just sayin'
Safe House wasn't #1 at the box-office last week ... just sayin'
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5:30PM on 02/20/2012
D-bag move: assigning words like "intelligent" and "character study" to your work when it is in fact a bland money-milker.
D-bag move: assigning words like "intelligent" and "character study" to your work when it is in fact a bland money-milker.
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5:07PM on 02/20/2012
I met McG once a few years ago. He was a really nice guy. Couldn't have been nicer. Maybe that is why he keeps getting chance after chance regardless of his films' performance. But he is an awful filmmaker. The dots simply do not seem to connect for him. The television he produces is vapid nonsense, but TV might be his medium. Just pump out TV shows for the MTV crowd.
I met McG once a few years ago. He was a really nice guy. Couldn't have been nicer. Maybe that is why he keeps getting chance after chance regardless of his films' performance. But he is an awful filmmaker. The dots simply do not seem to connect for him. The television he produces is vapid nonsense, but TV might be his medium. Just pump out TV shows for the MTV crowd.
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5:18PM on 02/20/2012
The television shows he produces are vapid nonsense? NOT! Supernatural, Nikita and Chuck are all good shows!
The television shows he produces are vapid nonsense? NOT! Supernatural, Nikita and Chuck are all good shows!
4:01PM on 02/20/2012
McG should go back to commercials and music videos. He has no originality and is a studio director.
McG should go back to commercials and music videos. He has no originality and is a studio director.
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3:45PM on 02/20/2012
It takes a special kind of douchebag to call themselves "McG" and have everyone refer to him by that name.
It takes a special kind of douchebag to call themselves "McG" and have everyone refer to him by that name.
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3:34PM on 02/20/2012
McG is synonymous with fluff action- action devoid of grit and with too much broadly cutesty comedic fluff included. Granted, he did Terminator: Salvation. But when I watched that I just saw a crappy DTV sequel that happened to have a $200 million budget, which says a lot about the script, but almost as much about McG's style as a director.
McG is synonymous with fluff action- action devoid of grit and with too much broadly cutesty comedic fluff included. Granted, he did Terminator: Salvation. But when I watched that I just saw a crappy DTV sequel that happened to have a $200 million budget, which says a lot about the script, but almost as much about McG's style as a director.
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3:19PM on 02/20/2012

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None. And it's not because he's the "worst director ever", cause he's not, but there are too many directors that are better than him in what he does. We don't need a poor man's Michael Bay, not when the original himself is constantly making bad movies. McG could easily become a PR person however, since it seems he's real good at bullshitting his way around Hollywood.

The concept of the movie does sound pretty interesting though, if they make the character a little older
None. And it's not because he's the "worst director ever", cause he's not, but there are too many directors that are better than him in what he does. We don't need a poor man's Michael Bay, not when the original himself is constantly making bad movies. McG could easily become a PR person however, since it seems he's real good at bullshitting his way around Hollywood.

The concept of the movie does sound pretty interesting though, if they make the character a little older
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