While MGM continues to act like that one Monopoly player who goes broke sinking all his money into putting hotels on Park Place instead of investing in a property that’s more likely to be landed on, James Bond screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have moved on to crafting an original action thriller for Parkes MacDonald/Imagenation. The concept involves an anthropologist who becomes entangled in a hotbed of geopolitical intrigue when he comes to the aid of a research subject who’s been accused of a terrorist attack, then finds himself in the middle of a battle between the nomadic West African tribe of the Tuareg, actual terrorists, and energy companies fighting over a uranium-rich area in the Sahara. So it’s like a grittier, morally complex version of Sahara, maybe, except more likely to spawn a franchise.
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