Bold Films, the production company known for compelling movies like Nightcrawler and Whiplash, is taking a step in the superhero direction. They’ve picked up a drama written by Bragi F. Schut titled Samaritan, which they hope to produce and finance- with the help of Michel Litvak and Jon Oakes as producers and Gary Michael Walters as executive producer. It’s unknown as to when production will begin; Bold is also in the prepping stages of production for Stronger, a film about the Boston Marathon bombing starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Schut also has a project in development: a screenplay for a period horror film titled The Last Voyage of the Demeter.
The Hollywood Reporter summed up the plot premise:
The spec script is set 20 years after an epic battle left a city’s supervillain dead and its superhero missing. On the rough side of town, a young boy befriends the old man across the alleyway and as their relationship develops, the boy comes to believe the man is the hero in hiding. The truth, however, proves to be more shocking than the boy could have ever imagined.
While Bold Films has never handled superhero story lines, company CEO Gary Michael Walters sounds confident as he assures us:
“‘Samaritan’ fits perfectly with our signature brand of elevated, character-driven genre films,”
And, although said to be comparable to 2000’s Unbreakable and Finding Forrester, Litvak explains:
“Samaritan is a unique story about the superhero next door, and a beautiful parable of redemption,”
The premise of the movie does seem really interesting, and paired with the aesthetic of Bold Films, this movie could pack one powerful punch.