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Shane Black’s THE NICE GUYS Starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe Gets a Release Date

Posted on September 2, 2014 at 10:50 am by David "Snackbar" Edmundson


Warner Bros. has set The Nice Guys release date in the heart of Summer 2016, confirming that the 1970s-set noir film will indeed be writer/director Shane Black’s next feature.  The Lethal Weapon scribe has been working on the project for years with producer Joel Silver, but it finally gained traction after the massive box office success of Black’s second directorial feature, Iron Man 3.  The story revolves around a private detective and a muscle-for-hire who are brought together to investigate the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated suicide of a fading porn star.  Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe became attached to the project a few months ago, shortly after which Warner Bros. acquired the noir-tinged picture.

Per Deadline, Nice Guys is coming together quite, well, nicely, as production is scheduled to begin this fall.  Black wrote the ryan-gosling-gangster-squad1-600x421screenplay with Anthony Bagarozzi and will direct, making this his second detective-centric directorial feature after his incredible 2005 debut Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

On its June 17, 2016 release date, The Nice Guys will square off directly against two animated sequels: Pixar’s Finding Dory and DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon 3.  The adult-skewing drama should make for a fine piece of counterprogramming against the family friendly fare.

Black has been juggling a few different projects since the success of Iron Man 3, but it appears that The Nice Guys is the one that materialized the quickest.  He is still attached to write and direct Doc Savage for Sony and recently came onboard to helm the Remo Williams adaptation The Destroyer for the studio as well, and he’s also developing a Predator sequel that he intends to direct.  For now, though, his primary focus will be on The Nice Guys, and I look forward to seeing his long-developed vision for this story finally brought to life.

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