Robert Downey Jr. and Shane Black reunite to reboot Parker for Amazon
Former Marvel Cinematic Universe guide Robert Downey Jr. is teaming up with his old friend Shane Black for a new movie. According to Hollywood Insider NewsletterBlack’s scripting a new adaptation of Donald E. Westlake’s Parker novels for Amazon Prime Video and Downey Jr. is set to star.
The newsletter doesn’t say if Black will direct the film, but if he is, it will be the third time the pair have teamed up to direct a film. The duo, of course, worked together on the action flick Iron Man 3, but most notably they teamed up for the thriller Kiss Kiss Bang Bang – the film Downey Jr. credits with reinvigorating his career and landed him the role of Tony Rigid.
‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,’ which is, I think, in some ways, the best movie I’ve ever done,” Downey Jr. told Joe Rogan on his podcast. “It ended up being a card of It came out, and it bombed, but Jon Favreau saw it, and he said, ‘This guy could do an action movie.’ And so that ended up being my calling card in the Marvel Universe.
Donald E. Westlake’s novels tell the story of Parker, a career thief whose first name we never learn. Parker lacks all the redeeming qualities of a traditional hero. Even be ready to kill if necessary, but he has a qualm. He will never betray another criminal unless he betrays them first.
Parke has been adapted for the big screen several times in the past. Probably the most notable is the most recent (released in 2013) starring Jason Statham as the titular criminal. Unfortunately, this adaptation received poor reviews upon release, so let’s hope Black and Downey Jr can redeem the character in the public eye.