Warner Bros. has tapped Joseph Kosinski, the director of TOP GUN: MAVERICK, to direct Chariot after winning a feature pitch package auction. From Tron: Legacy to Oblivion, Kosinski has proven to have a keen eye for detail. There’s no better time for the filmmaker to strap into something ambitious yet under-the-radar than now, with Top Gun: Maverick about to push him back to the top of Hollywood.
Artists, Writers, and Artisans have released Chariot, a graphic book property (AWA). Julian Meiojas, whose accomplishments include scripts for Jack Ryan and The Flash, will pen the script. The chariot was pitched to buyers as a “synth-wave sci-fi thriller with strong roles for two A-list actors,” written by comic book creator and screenwriter Bryan Edward Hill (American Carnage, Bitter Root), illustrated by Priscilla Petraites (Rat Queens), and edited by AWA Chief Creative Officer Axel Alonso.
Here’s the pitch for Chariot, as reported by Deadline:
The Chariot was a secret government project during the Cold War that aimed to empower its star agent with a weapon unlike any other in the shape of a cutting-edge sports automobile. It, along with the agent, sank into the ocean decades ago. A petty criminal seeking redemption has come across the Chariot, and he’s going to discover that the agent’s consciousness still controls it.
Whoa! That seems really nice, doesn’t it? It sounds like a Bond car, and Kitt from Knight Rider was locked in time like Captain America, only to reappear years later, ready for battle. That’s something I could get behind, especially with Petraites’ magnificent paintings as a source of inspiration.
Top Gun: Maverick will now be released on November 19, 2021, after multiple delays due to the pandemic. The eagerly awaited sequel should be a welcome reminder of how Kosinski’s abilities behind the camera have progressed over the years.