ByTino Jochimsen, writer at
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Tino Jochimsen

"What the hell?" - you might say after reading the headline, for all sorts of reasons.

Perhaps you want (Mad) Mel Gibson to roast in the deepest pits of hell and NEVER make a movie again. Or, you may want Robert Downey Jr. never to star in anything not Marvel-related.

But perhaps you got all cussy because the idea that the director of Apocalypto and Braveheart might make "an epic heist movie that involves [a] mysterious treasure buried deep in [...] Mayan ruins" excites you.

Because that's what Yucatan is: an epic Mayan heist movie.

Ready for 'em pyramids?
Ready for 'em pyramids?

Before his passing in 1980, screen icon and official king of cool Steve McQueen was downright obsessed with the project, scribbling down 1500 pages of notes - and we're talking about a man who never wrote a screenplay in his life.

In 2005, the notes were found in his estate and sold to Warner Brothers. Since then, Downey Jr. and his wife Susan's production company Team Downey has bought them, and signed Sherlock Holmes and Invictus screenwriter Anthony Peckham to turn McQueen's mad ramblings into a screenplay.

Now, in a Deadline interview with Downey Jr. the title of the movie resurfaced like a Mayan curse of old. And, lo and behold, he revealed that he's still working on the project with his friend Mel Gibson, lately relegated to play villains in crappy schlock (sorry for getting a bit opinionated there) like Machete Kills and The Expendables 3. Gibson and Downey go way back, and the latter often credited the former with getting him back on the path of sober righteousness after his very public drug-related shenanigans.

Downey Jr. didn't divulge what Gibson would do on the project, apart from hinting at the possibility of a small role. But here's hoping that Tony Stark has enough Hollywood clout to hand over directing reigns of Yucatan to Gibson.

Chances that this might indeed work out probably depend on the performance of The Judge, produced by and starring Downey Jr., in decidedly non-superhero mode. If the adult drama fails at the box office, the two-time Academy Award nominee might have a hard time getting comparable movies made - even without a disgraced Hollywood star at the helm.

So... if you want to see Yucatan, you better check out The Judge when it is released October 10th.

Which leaves me to ask: Do you want to see Yucatan?


Do you want to see Yucatan?

[Sources: Deadline & ...again Deadline]


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