Robert Downey Jr. is everywhere. The actor has a locked contract with Marvel Studios to continue playing Iron Man for the foreseeable future, he’s attached to Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful, as well as Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity. Now according to Deadline, he and his producing partner/ wife Susan Downey are about to breathe new life into Yucatan, a story that was penned by the late great actor Steve McQueen.
Yucatan was developed by McQueen back in the 1960s and was compiled of 1500 pages of notes and storyboards that filled 15 notebooks. The actor died in 1980, and unfortunately never got the project off the ground. His son Chad and godson Lance Sloane set up the property at Warner Bros back in 2005 after they discovered the notes in an old trunk. Unfortunately, it took 5 years for them to see the light of day, enter Team Downey.
Yucatan centers on “a renegade deep-sea salvage expert hired to steal a mysterious hidden treasure hidden deep underwater in the Mayan ruins of Yucatan.” McQueen had originally wrote it as a star vehicle for himself, but we think Downey can pull it off. The screenplay will be written (conveniently) by Sherlock Holmes, Invictus, and Book of Eli scribe Anthony Peckham, who’s been the go-to guy for Warner Bros as of late.
What do you think of Downey picking up where McQueen left off?