After what could be called a self-imposed studio feature film hiatus, controversial director Tony Kaye seems poised to finally return to more mainstream filmmaking. According to Production Weekly, Kaye is currently negotiating to take over directing duties on the Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson starrer Black Water Transit. The film, adapted from the Carsten Stroud novel by Live Free or Die Hard scribe Doug Richardson, was to be directed by Samuel Bayer but "creative differences" caused Bayer to leave the project and the offer went out to Kaye.

This film marks the first re-teaming of Willis and Jackson since the third Die Hard film and tells the story of successful businessman Jack Vermilion (Jackson) who is trying to help his son after he is arrested on drug trafficking and armed robbery charges. In his desperation, Vermilion makes a deal with the feds to trade them something in exchange for leniency for his son. He hatches a desperate plan to ensnare Earl Pike, a hard-nosed soldier with CIA ties (Willis) and get him to commit a crime and be arrested by the feds . Unfortunately, his plan backfires leaving several people dead, Vermilion wanted for murder and Pike out for revenge.

The film sounds interesting and its good to see Kaye getting another chance at a studio film. Kaye, whatever his perceived difficulties, is probably no more difficult than any other creatively driven director or actor in Hollywood. His problems during and after American History X and with Ed Norton more than likely sprung from a desire to make the best film possible and not from being "difficult" just for the heck of it. It wouldn't be the first time directors and stars clashed over "creative differences." Shooting is expected to start in April on location in New Orleans.
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