As underclassmen like Edgar Wright rush his fraternity of hoarding filmmakers, Ridley Scott has been forced to step up his own binge-directing, adding another to a list of pending projects that lately has dwindled to just Cormac McCarthy's The Counselor and that Blade Runner sequel, lest his brothers roust him for being a pussy. Scott has re-teamed with prolific, trophy-attracting screenwriter Stephen Zaillian—who last worked with Scott on American Gangster—to develop a disaster film based on the BBC's 2003 mockumentary The Day Britain Stopped, which imagines a catastrophic series of train strikes and traffic jams that brings down the entire country's transportation system, leaving its citizens standing around bellowing, "'Ello, what's all this then?" in the streets, as wee, teary-eyed bairns await pudding trucks that will never arrive. The Hollywood Reporter notes that Scott and Zaillian have plans to expand the premise of a transportation crisis into a global catastrophe; dress rehearsals have already begun on [INSERT NAME OF FREEWAY IN YOUR AREA], am I right folks?
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