Nicolas Cage and John Carpenter in final negotiations for ‘Scared Straight’ thriller. Nicolas Cage and director John Carpenter are in final negotiations to team up for a prison thriller titled ‘Scared Straight.’ The film follows a troubled youth who’s sent to prison off the Scared Straight crime-prevention program, which imprisons delinquent teens for a short period in the hopes of deterring them from a life of crime. While the teen is there, a riot breaks out and the prisoners take him hostage. A lifer, played by Cage, is forced to help the young man out. Joe Gazzam wrote the original spec, which has been rewritten by Ron Brinkerhoff. Noah Rosen and Rob Cohen are on board to exec produce the project.