Thunder Road, the production company behind John Wick, is preparing to launch a new action thriller, SMOKE ON THE WATER. The script, written by Trey Callaway and Rick Parks, was picked up by Thunder Road’s Basil Iwanyk and Kent Kubena. Details are being kept under wraps, but the story is set in the world of offshore boat racing, open water drug smuggling and the U.S. Coast Guard–exploring the “nautical narcotic highway” from Cuba to Key West.
The angle for the project is to launch a new action franchise centering on what has now become a high-tech world of drug trafficking off the Florida coast–with an emphasis on the cinematically untapped world of Cuba, which presents fascinating new possibilities in light of the softening of the U.S.’s embargo policies. Tonally, we’re hearing that the project is closer to The Fast & The Furious than Thunder Road’s Sicario, aiming towards a broader audience with a fun, energetic, yet grounded feel.
Thunder Road has a phenomenal track record, having produced box office hits like Wrath of the Titans, John Wick and The Town, as well as award-contenders like 2015’s Sicario, currently up for three Oscars. The company has multiple projects in the works, including the adaptation of Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell with Tom Hardy, Bradley Cooper’s remake of A Star Is Born, and the thriller Gang Story with Liam Neeson.
Callaway served as a Co-Executive Producer on CSI: NY, the CW series The Messengers and NBC’s Revolution. He also wrote the 1998 feature I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. As a screenwriter, Parks’ credits include Ever After, Anna and the King, and the upcoming Manhattan Love Story.
Josh Lyons | Managing Editor