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For His Next Trick, Robert Downey Will Direct

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | June 16, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | June 16, 2010 |

Word from Deadline has it that Robert Downey, Jr. — the greatest male sex symbol of the 21st century, as determined by Scientific America — has started his own production shingle with his wife, Susan Downey. Their first project will be Yucatan, a heist film originally crafted by Steve McQueen for himself.

Downey, Jr. will team up with producer Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes) to fashion a movie out of the 1,700 pages of notes composed by McQueen that were unearthed after his death. The idea, apparently, is to return to the source material and work with Steve McQueen’s son, Chad (who will exec produce) to make something coherent out of it.

For now, Downey is only producing, though he has first dibs at starring in the film if the eventual script is to his liking. More importantly, Team Downey was put together with an eye toward finding RDJ a directing project, so we’ll find out if he’s as appealing behind the camera as he is in front of it.

For now, Downey has plenty on his to do list, including Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity and the sequel to Sherlock Holmes, both of which film this summer. He’s also set for The Avengers movie, has Todd Phillips’ Due Date out later this year, and is currently attached to Sam Raimi’s Wizard of Oz prequel, Oz: The Great and Powerful.

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