Pair will produce a big screen version of the faux-documentary.
Ridley Scott is reteaming with his ‘American Gangster’ and ‘Hannibal’ scribe Steve Zaillian to develop a big screen take on the 2003 BBC2 pseudo-documentary ‘The Day Britain Stopped.’
Directed by Gabriel Range, the original centred around a fictional disaster in which a train strike is the first in a chain of events that lead to a meltdown of the country’s transport system.
Insiders for THR stressed that the film wil not be a remake, but will be inspired by the original.
Scott and Zaillian will produce via Scott Free and Film Rites production companies. The two are currently in the process of seeking a scribe to adapt the screenplay “with the idea of using a manmade disaster to ignite a global catastrophe”