I’m not entirely sure what it was about Taken that made it a $200+ million grossing film around the world. It was a decent enough action movie, but nothing particularly amazing. However its success ensured we’d get a Taken 2, and it’s not surprising Liam Neeson was keen to return, as the first movie gave his career a real shot in the arm. [Read more…]
Liam Neeson seems to have made a new career in the last few years playing tough guys who will stop at nothing to get out of a sticky situation, and he’s had plenty of success at it. Now he’s got another one, as he has signed up to star in Run All Night, with Unknown helmer Jaume Collet-Serra in negotiations to direct, according to Deadline.
The story centres on a hitman who takes on his former mob boss. He ends up going on the run with his wife and estranged son, fleeing from this dangerous mafia leader and the authorities as well.
If Collet-Serra does direct, this will be his third collaboration with Liam Neeson, as Unknown and the upcoming Non-Stop. Brad Ingelsby (Out of the Furnace) wrote the screenplay. The hope is to start production this autumn.
Liam Neeson is getting harder everyday. If he keeps going like this, in a few years time his movies will just be him repeatedly punching different things in the face (men, women, animals), with no plot whatsoever.
Just in case we were wondering if he was anything less than a 100% grade A hard man, he’s in talks for The All Nighter (which has also been referred to as Run All Night, although that now appears to be an old title), according to The Wrap.
The film is based on a script written by Brad Ingelsby, which will hopefully see Neeson playing a hitman who turns on his boss in order to project his wife and child, and then must go on the run from both the mob and the cops. As the title suggests, it comes down to him versus pretty much everybody else over the course of a single night.
What’s the betting that next week the actor actor will sign up for ‘Liam Neeson Punches A Tiger’?
The planned CGI LEGO movie is certainly pulling a great cast together, with the news that Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson, Alison Brie, and Nick Offerman have all signed up to voice roles in the film, according to Variety.
Will Arnett, Channing Tatum, Chris Pratt, Morgan Freeman, and Elizabeth Banks also star, with Arnett and Tatum particularly interesting, as they’ll be Superman and Batman, marking the first time the characters have appeared on screen together. The story is about Emmett (Pratt), a seemingly average Lego figure who is mistaken for a powerful man who can help save the universe. He joins a group determined to stop the evil President Business (Ferrell). Liam Neeson will play the villain’s right hand man, Bad Cop, with Alison Brie portraying a member of Emmett’s group. Nick Offerman will play a surly pirate, hell-bent on getting revenge on President Business.
And with a villain called President Business, we can already sense right wing nutjobs preparing to froth at the mouth about how this is trying to indoctrinate kids into hating capitalism.
Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street) are directing from a screenplay they co-wrote, based on an original story by Dan Hagerman and Kevin Hagerman. A release date of February 28th, 2014 is already set.
Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery, and Scoot McNairy have signed on to star alongside the previously cast Liam Neeson and Nate Parker in director Jaume Collet-Serra’s upcoming movie Non-Stop, according to Variety.
Neeson is set to play as an air marshall who receives text messages from someone who claims to be on his flight and is threatening to kill passengers on board. Parker will play a passenger who helps the air marshall identify the threat. Unfortunately no character details have been given for Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery, and Scoot McNairy’s characters, although presumably they’ll be on the flight too.
Jaume Collet-Serra is directing from a screenplay by Christopher Roach and John W. Richardson. Production begins November 1 in NYC.
Red Tails star Nate Parker has signed up for a role opposite Liam Neeson in the action thriller Non-Stop, which director Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown) is set to helm, according to Variety…
Neeson will play an air marshal who squares off with an American terrorist who take a plane load of passengers hostage, and threatens to kill someone every 20 minutes if the marshal doesn’t kill himself (no prizes for guessing there’s something a bit personal going on here). Nate Parker will play a passenger who helps Neeson diffuse the threat.
Jaume Collet-Serra will direct from a screenplay by Christopher Roach and John W. Richardson. Production is scheduled to begin within the next few weeks in New York City. Nate Parker will next be seen alongside Richard Gere in Arbitrage, and also has a role in Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake.
It’s difficult to know whether Kim Basinger’s rather sporadic film appearances over the last few year are more to do with choice or simply because not that many people have roles for her. She was last seen in 2010’s Charlie St. Cloud, but has now signed up for a part in Crash writer/director Paul Haggis’ new drama, Third Person.
The movie is about three couples living in New York, Rome, and Paris. THR reports that the actress will portray the wife of Liam Neeson’s character, a writer in Paris. Back in April Olivia Wilde signed up to play Neeson’s girlfriend, which suggests the plot will revolve around some extramarital shenanigans.
Mila Kunis and James Franco are playing an estranged New York couple, while Casey Affleck and Moran Atias will be a new couple taking a road trip through Italy. Each couple and city represent the beginning, middle, and end of a relationship.
Paul Haggis will direct from his own screenplay, with shooting starting on October 17th in Rome.
A brand new internet exclusive trailer has hit for Taken 2, giving us a fresh look at the upcoming sequel. The movie is out September 28th (in the UK), and sees Neeson’s Brian Mills return and he’s back in trouble. The retired CIA operative and his wife are in Istanbul and get taken hostage by the father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter in the first movie.
Mila Kunis, James Franco, and Casey Affleck have joined the cast of Third Person for writer/director Paul Haggis, according to Variety. Liam Neeson and Olivia Wilde signed up to star back in April.
The romantic drama follows the inter-connected stories of three couples all living in different cities – Rome, Paris, and New York. Each couple and city represent different phases of a relationship, with Rome representing the beginning, Paris the middle, and New York the end.
Casey Affleck and Moran Atias (The Next Three Days) play the new couple who take a road trip through Italy. Liam Neeson and Olivia Wilde are playing the Paris couple, both of whom are writers. Mila Kunis and James Franco portray the troubled New York couple.
Paul Haggis is directing from his own screenplay, with shooting scheduled to begin October 17 in Rome.
It’s four years since Taken arrived, became a surprise hit and completely reinvigorated Liam Neeson’s career. This September 28th (in the UK) Taken 2 arrives, which sees Neeson’s Brian Mills return and he’s back in trouble. The retired CIA operative and his wife are in Istanbul and get taken hostage by the father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter in the first movie. Take a look at the new trailer.