J Blakeson [The Disappearance of Alice Creed] is in negotiations with Warner to direct Hell and Gone. Donald De Line and Ed McDonnel are producing. Not much is known in the way of plot details, but the script, by Christopher Nolan’s brother Jonah Nolan, is a Titanic-like historical tragedy and love story revolving around the Great Chicago Fire.
The Great Chicago Fire was one of the biggest disasters in American history and destroyed a large chunk of Chicago, killing hundreds. The disappearance of Alice Creed, which starred and somewhat legitimized Gemma Arterton, as a talented actress drew strong reviews back in the U.K., although it didn’t register on U.S. audiences’ radar when it was released this past summer. It did, however, get Blakeson noticed by execs and on directors' lists. Blakeson also wrote The Descent Part 2.