Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Blind SideÃ¢â‚¬Â and Ã¢â‚¬Å“The HighwaymenÃ¢â‚¬Â director John Lee Hancock is board to write. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s also being eyed to direct, though a deal for that has not yet been closed.
The story follows a burned-out Kern County deputy sheriff named Deke, played by Washington, who teams with a crack LASD detective, Baxter, to reel in a wily serial killer. DekeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s nose for the Ã¢â‚¬Å“little thingsÃ¢â‚¬Â proves eerily accurate, but his willingness to circumvent the rules embroils Baxter in a soul-shattering dilemma. Meanwhile, Deke must wrestle with a dark secret from his past.
Insiders tell Variety that Washington had been weighing several options as his next project, including directing the Sony pic Ã¢â‚¬Å“Journal of Jordan,Ã¢â‚¬Â which Michael B. Jordan recently joined. Ultimately, a recent meeting with Hancock led Washington to choosing Ã¢â‚¬Å“Little ThingsÃ¢â‚¬Â as his next project.
Washington rarely rushes to a decision, and his commitment to the film will likely lead the studio to look for another A-lister as his co-star, with hopes to begin production by this summer.
Washington was most recently seen in his first sequel, Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Equalizer 2,Ã¢â‚¬Â which went on to become another hit for the actor, grossing $190 million worldwide, including $102 million at the domestic box office.
He is repped by WME.