Nick Rowland – the British filmmaker who broke big at TIFF with the Barry Keoghan and Cosmo Jarvis starring Calm with Horses (the alternative title for North America became The Shadow of Violence) is set to direct Taron Egerton in the book to film adaptation of She Rides Shotgun. The Jordan Harper novel that was adapted by The Night House and Hellraiser writing tandem of Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski. Producers on the project include Brad Weston, Collin Creighton, Oscar Montemayor and Nate Matteson. Production looks to be set for August in Los Angeles. Look for the next major piece of this puzzle to be the hiring of the pre-teen female co-lead. Here’s the synopsis:
Eleven-year-old Polly McClusky is shy, too old for the teddy bear she carries with her everywhere, when she is unexpectedly reunited with her father, Nate (Egerton), fresh out of jail and driving a stolen car. He takes her from the front of her school into a world of robbery, violence, and the constant threat of death. And he does it to save her life. Nate made dangerous enemies in prison – a gang called Aryan Steel has put out a bounty on his head, counting on its members on the outside to finish him off. They’ve already murdered his ex-wife, Polly’s mother. And Polly is their next target. Nate and Polly’s lives soon become a series of narrow misses, of evading the bad guys and the police, of sleepless nights in motels. Out on the lam, Polly is forced to grow up early: With barely any time to mourn her mother, she must learn how to take a punch and pull off a drug-house heist. She finds herself transforming from a shy little girl into a true fighter. Nate, in turn, learns what it’s like to love fiercely and unconditionally – a love he’s never quite felt before. But can their powerful bond transcend the dangerous existence he’s carved out for them? Will they ever be able to live an honest life, free of fear?