There’s a new movie looking to join the pantheon of Christmas action films like Die Hard, Lethal Weapon and…Reindeer Games?
Warner Bros. has paid around $1 million for Tyler Marceca‘s spec script Stay Frosty, an action film set during the holidays that has Idris Elba attached to star and Extraction director Sam Hargrave on board to helm.
Elba will star as a man who miraculously survives an assassin’s bullet to the head and has to figure out who wants him dead and why, as he makes his way back home in time to spend Christmas with his son. Elba’s character is reportedly cut from the same cloth as John Wick, which might explain why an assassin is after him, and also why Warner Bros. is interested in the project.
Marceca is poised to make even more money if (when) the film heads into production. He also previously wrote the Black List script The Disciple Program, which sold to Universal with Mark Wahlberg attached to star.
Hargrave’s Extraction was well received and became Netflix’s most watched original movie ever when it was released last year (according to Netflix themselves). A sequel was quickly commissioned.
It’s no surprise that other studios would be interested in getting Hargrave on board their own action project, especially one that, per Deadline, they (unsurprisingly) also see as a potential franchise starter. Maybe the sequels could take place during different holidays?
Hargrave is also currently attached to direct Jake Gyllenhaal in war movie Combat Control, which is in the works at MGM. Elba will soon be seen as Bloodsport in James Gunn‘s The Suicide Squad, and he has also wrapped George Miller‘s Three Thousand Years Of Longing, which also stars Tilda Swinton.
He’ll also be a part of the all-Black Netflix western The Harder They Fall, which also stars Jonathan Majors, LaKeith Stanfield, Regina King, Zazie Beetz and Delroy Lindo, and is expected to debut on the streamer before the end of the year.