Ilya Naishuller, Amazon CEO of Heads of State – The Hollywood Reporter

Ilya Naishuller, who directed the surprise hit Nobodyarranged his next action feature.

The Russian-born driver boarded the train Head of state, an Amazon Studios action comedy that will star John Cena and Idris Elba. The streamer picked up the project during a competitive Zoom presentation in October 2020.

Peter Safran, who was announced as co-chairman and co-CEO of DC Studios on Tuesday, and John Rickard are producing through The Safran Company.

Plot details are being kept vague but the project is being described as “Air Force One meeting Midnight trip,” Focus on a mismatched pair who are on top of them in a high bet situation.

Harrison Query, the versatile scribe who recently set up the horror project My wife and I bought a farm, wrote the original script. Josh Appelbaum & André Nemec, the power duo who worked on Beverly Hills Police reboot, write the most recent draft.

Naishuller created a sensation Hardworking Henry, with the Russian indie action film telling the story from a first-person POV. It was released theatrically in the US by STX.

Last time filmmakers made Nobody, which stars Bob Odenkirk as a passionate father who reveals his secret past after his house is robbed. The film proved to be a hit with audiences and critics when it was released in 2021 during the pandemic.

Naishuller is represented by CAA, Inga Smith at IV Management and Sloane Offer.


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