During a chat with ComingSoon, Tony Scott revealed plans to produce a film adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s first book Hells Angels, to be scripted by Steven Gaghan (Traffic, Syriana). Gaghan does good work, and hopefully Tony Scott will be too busy with other stuff to F this up.
“My dance card is so full, I’m so lucky,” he told us before listing off some of the projects that are at the front of his mind. “I’ve got ‘The Warriors,’ I’ve got ‘Hell’s Angels’ – I’ve owned the Hunter Thompson book for 12 years and Steve Gaghan is writing the script right now. I own all these great titles. Another one called ‘Lucky Strike’ about guys who repro aircraft. ‘Potsdamer Platz,’ which is by the guys who wrote ‘Sexy Beast.’ Now with all these movies that are ready to go. They’re scripted, they’re budgeted, and now I’ve gotta make them before I die. I’m getting old.”
Hell’s Angels is a great book (mostly because of the motorcycles and the gang rape), but Tony Scott last made The Taking of Pelham 123, and there isn’t a lot on his resume that inspires confidence (Domino, anyone?). All I’m saying is that if he starts making Hell’s Angels that look like this… well, I just might have to throw a hissy fit. And I can promise you, it will be embarrassing.