Ridley Scott and Steven Zaillian are teaming up to produce a do-over of the 2003 BBC pseudo-documentary The Day Britain Stopped, with 20th Century Fox set to back the movie, according to THR.
The 2003 mock-doc was about a disaster that leads to a complete breakdown of England’s transportation system. Insiders stress that this new version will not be a remake, but will be inspired by the original, although whether that means the disaster will be very different or if they’re dropping the documentary approach isn’t clear.
Ridley Scott and Steven Zaillian will produce through their Scott Free and Film Rites production companies, with Garrett Basch executive producing. They are currently seeking a screenwriter to tackle the script. Gabriel Range wrote and directed the original version. Scott and Zaillian last teamed up for the 2007 crime drama American Gangster, which Ridley Scott directed from Steven Zaillian’s screenplay.