‘Heart Of The Beast’: David Ayer And Damien Chazelle Teaming For Navy SEAL Survival Film

Here’s an unusual pairing I never thought to see. La La Land and Babylon director Damien Chazelle, and The Beekeeper director David Ayer, who are teaming up on a survival film, Heart of the Beast.

Deadline reports that Ayer will direct Heart of the Beast with Chazelle producing. Penned by Cameron Alexander, the film “follows a former Navy SEAL and his retired combat dog who attempt to return to civilization after a catastrophic accident deep in the Alaskan wilderness.”

Ayer is coming off one of the biggest films of his career, The Beekeeper, starring Jason Statham. Given the success of that pairing I wouldn’t be surprised if Statham at least considers this one, as well. The two are already set to reteam on an adaptation of Levon’s Trade, based on a popular series of action novels. In recent months, Ayer has been trying to bring a director’s cut of Suicide Squad to fans but that’s unlikely to happen.

Damien Chazelle

As for Chazelle, he’s coming off the mega-flop Babylon and he’s got nothing else in the works, at least as a director. It’s possible after such a huge, high-profile disappointment that Chazelle is taking a break from directing and turning his attention to producing on a regular basis.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.