Set in 1970s Los Angeles, the film is to tell the story of Holland March (Gosling), a private detective down on his luck, and hired bruiser Jackson Healy (Crowe) as they investigate the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a fading porn star.
Silver, who first worked with Black on "Lethal Weapon," said in a statement, "Ever since we did 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,' I've been eager to work with Shane again, and with this film we made it happen. It's a terrific script written in Shane's great cinematic voice. With Russell and Ryan on board, I know we're in for another wild ride."
Crowe, Gosling and Black are all veterans of crime capers. Crowe starred in
Black also recently signed on to direct
"The Nice Guys" is currently slated to open against the animated movies "Finding Dory" and "How to Train Your Dragon 3."