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Robert Downey Jr's next will be Steve McQueen's Yucatan

Oct. 7, 2010by: Paul Tassi

Since IRON MAN, Robert Downey Jr. has a been a red hot property, and can have his pick of any number of projects. With THE AVENGERS, SHERLOCK HOLMES 2 and probably IRON MAN 3 all on the horizon, what is actually going to be next for him?

Well, it's none of the above. HOLMES writer Anthony Peckham has been hired to script YUCATAN, by Downey's production house in a project for Downey himself to star. What's it all about?

Peckham will script the picture for Downey to play a renegade deep-sea salvage expert hired to steal a mysterious hidden treasure hidden deep underwater in the Mayan ruins of Yucatan.

Where does the Steve McQueen bit in the title factor into this? Well, the entire thing is based off of a story from McQueen, and is being assembled from 1500 pages of notes he wrote in the '60s. He originally had intended for himself to star, but the project fell by the wayside, and now after his death, his family only recently discovered the notebooks locked away in an old trunk, and thought it might be worth making into a film at long last.

Treasure hunting always makes for a good time, though if much of the action is underwater, that could get a bit tiresome. But it looks like things are moving forward on YUCATAN quickly, and I expect we'll be hearing more about it soon.

Extra Tidbit: I'm sorry but DUE DATE does not look funny.
Source: Deadline

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2:20AM on 10/08/2010
I remember reading about this a while back. This sounds pretty cool!
I remember reading about this a while back. This sounds pretty cool!
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1:38AM on 10/08/2010
I just got excited thinking RDJ would star in a movie directed by Steve McQueen (Hunger)... not excited at all about the real movie he is gonna end up starring in.
I just got excited thinking RDJ would star in a movie directed by Steve McQueen (Hunger)... not excited at all about the real movie he is gonna end up starring in.
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8:05PM on 10/07/2010
He's no McQueen, but he'll do.
He's no McQueen, but he'll do.
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5:21PM on 10/07/2010
Sounds servicable, but since RDJ is playing a diver, that will possibly mean he will be shirtless and that would be lovely indeed.
Sounds servicable, but since RDJ is playing a diver, that will possibly mean he will be shirtless and that would be lovely indeed.
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3:38PM on 10/07/2010
I was thinking this was the modern Steve McQueen now. Fooled me
I was thinking this was the modern Steve McQueen now. Fooled me
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3:27PM on 10/07/2010
Sounds like a Clive Cussler novel.
Sounds like a Clive Cussler novel.
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2:46PM on 10/07/2010
RDJ = My ticket
RDJ = My ticket
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2:18PM on 10/07/2010
Yucatan is like a Clive Cussler novel turned into a movie like....Sahara!
Yucatan is like a Clive Cussler novel turned into a movie like....Sahara!
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1:35PM on 10/07/2010
Sounds like an Indy adventure to me. With Robert Downey I'm there!
Sounds like an Indy adventure to me. With Robert Downey I'm there!
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12:55PM on 10/07/2010
Anything with Downey Jr. has my interest and this sounds like the perfect movie for him. I'm sure he will knock it out of the park like with everything else he has done. Due Date looks hilarious.
Anything with Downey Jr. has my interest and this sounds like the perfect movie for him. I'm sure he will knock it out of the park like with everything else he has done. Due Date looks hilarious.
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12:52PM on 10/07/2010
RDJ would be fun to accompany on a treasure hunt, so count me in. As for the extra tidbit, after watching the first trailer I had the same thought but the new trailer made it look hilarious.
RDJ would be fun to accompany on a treasure hunt, so count me in. As for the extra tidbit, after watching the first trailer I had the same thought but the new trailer made it look hilarious.
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