Robert Downey Jr. Developing ‘Yucatan’ Based on Steve McQueen Treatment

Robert Downey Jr. is developing a film based on a project late movie icon Steve McQueen wrote in the 1960s.

A 1,700-page template for a movie titled Yucatan was discovered after McQueen’s death in 1980, and the Iron Man star has now hired Pirates of the Caribbean writer Terry Rossio to adapt the treatment for a new film.

McQueen’s premise for the project centered on a renegade salvage expert’s search for Mayan treasure in the Yucatan Peninsula, according to Deadline, and Downey, Jr. is reportedly using his story line as inspiration for the film.

He is also considering starring in the movie and will serve as a producer on the project.

A statement from Downey, Jr. reads, “To imbue a McQueen project with a sense of how he might have made it nowadays is a challenge and a thrill.

“Rossio is more than a great writer, he’s the perfect fit to embrace the existential nature of the project with the action, story and characters that drive Yucatan.”

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    1. Stephen – I double checked our sources as well as our pro version of IMDB. The project still shows as being in Script status. Terry Rossio is still attached to the project as writing the screenplay. And Robert Downey Jr. and his wife Susan Downey are still attached as producers. That being said, that’s the most recent update and that was dated June 25, 2020. No additional updates since then. But I’ll keep an eye on it and do an article on it if I see any movement with the project.