Glen Powell, Chris Morgan Team for sci-fi thriller Deputy X – The Hollywood Reporter

Actor Glen Powell has teamed up with fast furious writer-producer Chris Morgan for Deputy X, a sci-fi action thriller produced by Universal Pictures.

Powell will star and helped come up with the idea and concept for the project, which is intended to be a high-profile franchise starter for the actor.

Morgan, who has a long-standing relationship with the studio through his work as writer and producer on seven of his Fast films, will produce with Ainsley Davies, head of development at Chris Morgan Productions.

Jack Paglen, whose previous credits include Transcendence with Johnny Depp and Alien: Alliance, will write the script. Details for X are kept secret, but it has been described as being in the vein of films such as Arnold Schwarzenegger’s film The running man and cult classic from the 1970s Logan’s Race.

Powell and Paglen will also produce the feature film project. The project is overseen by Jay Polidoro, Universal’s senior vice president of production development, and Tony Ducret, director of development.

Known for his roles in the romantic comedy Implement and drama hidden numbers, Powell will next be seen in the highly anticipated Paramount Top Gun: Maverick and Sony’s epic Korean War Devotion.

Morgan’s production credits include Fast and Furious Gifts: Hobbs and Shaw, Fate of the Furious, Furious 7, Fast & Furious 6 and Fast Five. In all, Morgan has authored seven installments in Universal’s multibillion-dollar Fast franchise, its association beginning with the third film, Tokyo Drift. Morgan also produced the hit thriller bird box for Netflix and is currently producing a Spanish-language spin-off in Barcelona.

Powell is replaced by CAA, The Initiative Group and Johnson Shapiro. Paglen is replaced by ICM Partners and Lichter Grossman.

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