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Ratner Knows THE UNKNOWNS!!

Merrick here...
Brett Ratner's company has nabbed the film rights to the Mark A. Altman, Steve Kriozere, and Monica Olsen created comic THE UNKNOWNS.
Story centers around Alexis Davenport, who while living a seemingly ordinary life discovers she was actually once the highly skilled and deadly leader of a mysterious team called The Unknowns and must learn the secret of why her memories were erased and by who.
...says Variety HERE. At this time it's not clear if Brett would direct this picture - he's been picking up quite a few projects to produce only, so that's likely the path this one would follow as well.
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  • July 27, 2010, 10:52 a.m. CST


    by CullenisPrime

  • July 27, 2010, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Harry isn't smearing him yet?

    by Playkins

    You know he wants to. He usually never misses a chance to call him "RAT-ner".

  • July 27, 2010, 10:57 a.m. CST


    by smallfry

    I've never heard of this and do not care about it. If Ratner continues to be involved with things I don't care about then I will remain happy.

  • July 27, 2010, 10:58 a.m. CST

    shouldn't it be "by whom"?

    by Argentino

    if that's the case, i rule at ESL

  • July 27, 2010, 10:58 a.m. CST


    by SpawnofAchilles

  • July 27, 2010, 11 a.m. CST

    No Bourne 4 = THE UNKNOWNS!

    by Seph_J

    P.S. Every story about Ratner should be headlined thusly; <P> I SMELL A RAT

  • July 27, 2010, 11:04 a.m. CST

    I wonder how the original creators feel

    by Bass Ackwards

    When they find out their project got picked up...but by Ratner.

  • July 27, 2010, 11:06 a.m. CST

    It was just "okay" when it was called...

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ...The Long Kiss Goodnight and was directed by Geena Davis' hack husband Renny Harlin. I dread seeing Ratturd's cribbed version of the same plot.

  • July 27, 2010, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Who cares what Ratner knows?

    by Yelsaeb

    He clearly didn't know The X-Men...

  • July 27, 2010, 11:18 a.m. CST

    what about the known unknowns?

    by Star Hump

    As we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns -- the ones we don't know we don't know.

  • July 27, 2010, 11:27 a.m. CST


    by RentonRiggs

    Look, I know this sites trademark is putting three exclamation points behind every single headline, but wouldn't it be appropriate to simply end a headline like this with a period, just to show in real terms how few people would ever really be excited about anything Ratner does? Same goes for McG, as a matter of fact. "Ratner. Unknowns." wouldn't that be more telling?

  • July 27, 2010, 11:33 a.m. CST

    people hatin on ratner is funny

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    He gave us the truest xmen movie (characters do DIE in the comics and they do tend to have big battles). If his last name didn't contain the word Rat, he wouldn't be as bashed as he is now. Also, let's bash scorsese for that borin ass shitter island

  • July 27, 2010, 11:35 a.m. CST

    WANTED meets Jason Bourne?

    by onezeroone

  • July 27, 2010, 11:40 a.m. CST

    long kiss goodnight - the crappier sequel

    by sprehe_your_face

    so.. sounds like long kiss goodnight minus the sexy geena davis and sam jackson... maybe he'll use chris tucker instead.

  • July 27, 2010, 11:41 a.m. CST


    by sprehe_your_face

    My bad.. guess great minds think alike.

  • July 27, 2010, 11:46 a.m. CST

    i'm sorry did someone say they had some news?

    by JackGraham

  • July 27, 2010, 11:52 a.m. CST

    sounds like utter shite

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    I saw this over the weekend.It was called SALT.And oddly,I saw SALT,but 10 years earlier, when it was the Bourne Identity!

  • July 27, 2010, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Oh wow something we haven't already seen a THOUSAND TIMES BEFORE

    by chadiwack

    P.S. Brett Ratner is crap. He ruined Xmen for me and most of the population.

  • July 27, 2010, 12:21 p.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

    And he hasn't run it into the ground yet?

  • July 27, 2010, 12:39 p.m. CST


    by Beezbo

  • July 27, 2010, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Hoped it was the band The Unknowns

    by Simpsonian

  • July 27, 2010, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Kill Bill 2: The Bourne Tragedy

    by ZoeFan

    Ratner's a HACK. That is all.

  • July 27, 2010, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Producing. A perfect fit for that talentless...

    by Keblar

    artless, uncreative, D-bag. And no, he doesn't even deserve a more colorful insult than D-Bag.

  • July 27, 2010, 12:58 p.m. CST

    How about Rush Hour 4

    by Samuel Fulmer

    With Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith. Have Chris Tucker's character from the other movies die in the first few minutes, and then his nephew that was never mentioned in any other films played by Jaden can get revenge with Jackie!

  • July 27, 2010, 12:59 p.m. CST

    We can rip on Ratner all we want

    by Samuel Fulmer

    But it's obvious that the story right below this one deals with a much bigger hack director.

  • July 27, 2010, 1:14 p.m. CST

    People who defend Ratner...

    by andrew coleman

    Are Nazi's. Which makes no sense but it's true. Only stupid Nazi's could ever defend him. Xmen 3 was not the truest form of X-men... It was the fucking worst! He has not to date made a good movie. Even MNight got him beat in that department. And anybody defending Ratner and then goes on and bashes Scorsese needs his nuts smashed by Thor's hammer. Debate over. I win.

  • July 27, 2010, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Ratner's got no style

    by MattmanReturns

    Worst thing I can say about a director.

  • July 27, 2010, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Brett Ratner

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Leading light of The Hack Pack.

  • July 27, 2010, 1:23 p.m. CST

    "Ratner's got no style"

    by Samuel Fulmer

    One thing I can admire about his films is the fact that they are shot and framed compentantly, and don't rely on shaking the camera for effect or editing to the point that you have no clue where characters are within the frame. I admire the fact that his films are more in line with classical film making instead of the current trend of trying to make everything look like the Bourne Identity. It is too bad though that other than that, he really has nothing to offer as a film maker.

  • July 27, 2010, 1:26 p.m. CST

    We can all blame Ratner for X3 but really

    by Samuel Fulmer

    blame Singer. Not only did he help lead to Ratner taking over directing duties, but he also gave us the worst Superman movie to date. At least crap like Superman 3 and 4 had some entertainment value. Superman Returns is just a dead film. It has no life to it, and it was a huge mistake that Singer still hasn't fully artistically recovered from.

  • July 27, 2010, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Samuel Fulmer: Amen

    by Playkins

    Not everyone has to shoot like JJ Abrams to be good (I'm sure I'll catch shit for that). Being OK is, well, okay. Ratner's films are fine. There was nothing wrong with Red Dragon or the Rush Hour films (even though I didn't like that series). X3 was fine as a third act, the first films being the other two. Cut him some slack, there's nothing he's done that is bash-worthy.

  • July 27, 2010, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Superman Returns was not the worst Superman movie

    by MattmanReturns

    Please. Superman 3 and 4 were far worse.

  • July 27, 2010, 1:46 p.m. CST

    X3 is shit

    by MattmanReturns

    Barring choppy editing, awful cinematography, and horrible performances from otherwise good actors (first sign of a bad director)... Why did Wolverine murder Jean Grey when he could've just used the syrum (which there was a lot of lying around)? DUUUURRRR.

  • July 27, 2010, 1:49 p.m. CST

    You rule at ESL, Argentino

    by The Garbage Man

    ...because it SHOULD be "by whom." <p>However, the fine folks at Variety can hardly be blamed for the error. They're far too busy coming up with incredibly stupid new abbreviations to learn how to use our stodgy old words properly.

  • July 27, 2010, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Superman 3 and 4 at least had some moments

    by Samuel Fulmer

    of entertainment. Sure it's maybe more camp/cheese value, but at least you can laugh at them. Superman Returns was like going to a funeral, and halfway through, forgetting why you showed up in the first place. It is not engaging, it lacks any kind of drama, the acting is serious (except once again the Lex Luthor character) but awful, the score is just rehash fan service, and it goes on way too long.

  • July 27, 2010, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Don't get me wrong I'd like a serious Superman

    by Samuel Fulmer

    movie, but Superman Returns is not a good representation of this. The plot just didn't work on any level.

  • July 27, 2010, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Argentino, you're right

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    And if English is your second language and you got that right, you're better than most native speakers! Great job.

  • July 27, 2010, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Superman 3 and 4 are atrocities

    by MattmanReturns

    Among the worst comic book sequels, including X3 and Batman and Robin. Superman Returns may be a rehash, and it had no balls, but it was at least competently made (it's probably a little too old school for most). But it's not an atrocity.

  • July 27, 2010, 2:55 p.m. CST



    Interesting points

  • July 27, 2010, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Ratner also knows how to suck cock

    by Osiris3657

    that is all

  • July 27, 2010, 3:44 p.m. CST

    "Truest xmen movie"????

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    Oh ho ho ho! What a barrel of laughs that is, thanks to the illiterate yourSTEPDADDY. So you liked X3 but hated Shutter Island? Thanks, that is all that is required to quickly dismiss that splurge of shit you call an opinion.

  • July 27, 2010, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Garbage Man & Bicycle Sharer

    by Argentino

    Thanks a lot, it IS my second language. I can also tell the difference between "their" and "they're", how cool am I? ;)

  • July 27, 2010, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Basically the same plot as the worst season of Alias.

    by Executor

    Amnesia plots are always awesome.

  • July 27, 2010, 5:11 p.m. CST

    The Can'tRemembers

    by Proman1984

  • July 27, 2010, 6 p.m. CST

    Why bother? We got The Long Kiss Goodnight!

    by HapaPapa72

    "That dog has been licking its arsehole for the last half hour. I submit that whatever he is seeking is either gone for good, or there to stay."

  • July 27, 2010, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Not another super-powered waif movie!

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    Like we don't have enough, 98lb women killing a room full of guys movies!

  • July 27, 2010, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Yeah, I was gonna say

    by Mechasheeva

    Long Kiss Goodnight is the definitive 'hot spy chick with amnesia re-learns being a badass' movie. Try again.

  • July 27, 2010, 8:49 p.m. CST

    What about that YOUNGBLOOD film he was attached to?

    by 3D-Man

    Not happening anymore?

  • July 27, 2010, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Okay, this also reminds me of

    by rabidfnark

    Warren Ellis' masterpiece (well, one of them), Planetary (slightly), but I've never heard of The Unknowns (no pun intended), so I hope Ratner either knocks it out of the park or fucks it up so bad that he's mobbed by passersby on the street. A good movie and a public execution are both good entertainment. Bring the kids.

  • July 27, 2010, 11:53 p.m. CST

    Then we'll learn she got erased cause she's a girl!

    by chien_sale

    Lefty Feminist bullshit. I hate Hollywood liberal directors.

  • July 28, 2010, 12:03 a.m. CST


    by TheTop


  • July 28, 2010, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Ratner does Bourne?

    by BeyondStatic

    Well, this should be a must see from Redbox for a $1 if I have some spare time.

  • July 28, 2010, 9:46 a.m. CST

    How about an Invisibles movie????

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • July 28, 2010, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Sucker Punch trailer!!!!!!!! link.....

    by chadiwack

  • July 28, 2010, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Rater's NOSE "KNOWS"

    by idrinkyourmilkshake