After the success of Taken, it’s taken a while for them to put a follow-up together, but now it’s coming and a trailer has been released. In the film retired CIA operative Bryan Mills and his wife are in Istanbul and get taken hostage by the father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter. Directed by Olivier Megaton and is set to hit cinemas on October 5th.
Liam Neeson has a lot to thank Taken for, as it re-energised his career as a leading man. Now he’s returning to the role of Bryan Mills in Taken 2, and to prove it EW has debuted the first three stills from the movie.
This time around, the events of the first film catch up with Bryan, resulting in the retired CIA Agent and his wife (Famke Jansen) getting taken hostage during their vacation. Bryan must rely on his daughter (Maggie Grace) to help him escape.
Here’s what Neeson had to say about it, “The action is supposed to take place about a year or a year and a half after the first story. It’s a very clever sequel with the usual thrills and spills, but the ante is upped quite a bit in this one.” … “I’ve taken a job over in Istanbul looking after a sheik who is there, and afterward I discover that my wife’s going through a very bad time with her new husband. So I suggest she and my daughter come over for a few days and hang out with me in this amazing city. And then… [laughs] all this s—t happens, of course.” … “I’m taken — let’s put it that way. They kidnap him to humiliate him, torture him, and ultimately bring him back to the village in Albania where the boys from the original film came from. With the help of my daughter… she wants to help me escape from where these bad guys have me.”
Taken 2 is due out on October 5th.
Liam Neeson has signed up for quite a few films in the past few weeks, and now he’s added one more, A Walk Among The Tombstones. The movie will be the first in a new financing deal between Exclusive Media and Cross Creek Pictures, who have entered into a three year 50-50 co-financing, co-producing, co-development deal for a minimum of two feature films per year with budgets up to $65m.
Written and to be directed by Scott Frank (The Lookout), the film is one of the popular ‘Matt Scudder’ book series written by Lawrence Block, with principal photography set to start in February 2013 on location in New York City.
The film is about a former NYPD cop, who’s now an unlicensed private eye and a recovering alcoholic haunted by past mistakes, Matt Scudder (Liam Neeson) is hired to find the kidnapped wife of a drug dealer. He operates just outside the law where the police don’t go to track down the kidnappers, who he discovers have been involved in multiple kidnappings and brutal murders.
Scott Frank has been involved with the film for a long time, having first written the script 14 years ago. While various directors has come and gone, Frank is now taking it on himself.
Jaume Collet-Serra had a big success with Unknown, but has had difficulty sorting out a follow-up, with his plans for a live-action Akira put on hold not long before it was due to go into production. Now it appears he’s hoping for an easier ride by getting back into the Liam Neeson business, with Variety reporting that he’s attached to direct Non-Stop.
Jeff Wadlow was set to direct, but he’s since moved on, presumably because he’s now set to helm Kick-Ass 2. John Richardson and Chris Roach’s screenplay is set onboard an international flight and follows a weary air marshal (Liam Neeson), who has to spring into action to contain a threat while the plane is in the air.
It isn’t known when the film will start shooting.
Just picture it – writer goes to see producer and says I have an idea for a movie, “Let’s base it on a game, say Battleship. We’ll make the enemy Aliens (Transformers style), set it in Pearl Harbor – with our allies being the Japanese, of all people – and let’s debut the worlds biggest pop star in her movie debut! You can think of it as Top Gun meets Independence Day!” Producer proceeds to mentally count the cash he thinks he’ll make.
This is basically the premise of one of the most anticipated films of the year – which to be honest isn’t a great state of affairs, if this is all Hollywood can deliver. That said, with an estimated budget of over $200M, you have to hope it’ll do better than last years’ two alien invasion efforts, Skyline and Battle Los Angeles. [Read more…]
Hollywood’s love of older man-younger woman relationships continues apace with the news 59-year-old Liam Neeson and 28-year-old Olivia Wilde will be dating in Paul Haggis’ film Third Person. Vulture reports they’ve both signed on for the movie.
Haggis also having a little to say about the story, confirming that “It’s about three story lines, three love stories, three relationships in three different cities that combine in a very odd way: New York, Paris, Rome.”
News of the movie first emerged in a report in the New York Post last week, which said that the film revolves around a nightlife reporter. However the director says that aspect is only a small part of the story. “I wanted one of them to have a job in New York. So after writing the script, I thought, ‘Oh, party reporting, that would be great.’ But literally, it’s just that. The character is not based on anyone, or anything like that. Imagine, the Post not having the correct information!”
Olivia Wilde will be playing the aforementioned journalist, with Liam Neeson as her boyfriend. The director wants to begin shooting in August, although it isn’t certain how firm that start date is. It’s only yesterday that it was revealed Neeson had signed on for the thriller Non-Stop, but it isn’t known whether that ot Third Person will shoot first.
Liam Neeson’s characters never seem to have a good time. They’re constantly having to track down kidnapped relatives, seek revenge, survive in the wilderness or take down all manner of threats. Things aren’t going to get more cheery for him in Non-Stop, which Variety reports Neeson has just signed up for.
Jeff Wadlow will direct from John Richardson and Chris Roach’s screenplay, which is set onboard an international flight and follows a weary air marshal (Liam Neeson) who has to spring into action to contain a threat while the plane is in the air.
Joel Silver is producing for Dark Castle Entertainment, and we’ll have to hope that’s a good omen, as the last time Liam Neeson, Warner Bros., and Dark Castle teamed up we got the entertaining thriller Unknown. It’s not certain when the film will start shooting.
There’s little doubt that Battleship has pretty much nothing to do with the classic game and everything with trying to ape Transformers to give Hasbro yet another enormous franchise they can sell toys on the back of (although with Universal making the movie this time, rather than Paramount/Dreamworks). The more we see, the more like Transformers-At-Sea it looks, although that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Now a new trailer has arrived, with Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgard and Liam Neeson running around trying to deal with a mechanical alien threat at sea. The big budget movie hits cinemas April 11th.
I was seven-years-old when the original Star Wars movie came out, but for some reason after watching the first trilogy, I missed Phantom Menace on the big screen (I think I was off my tits at Mardi Gras in Sydney) and just never bothered to see the subsequent films. So I was really excited to be invited to the 3D theatrical re-release of the 1992 prequel, which is set 32 years BBY (before the battle of Yarvin)
Watching the current seven-year-olds having their picture taken with Storm Troopers in the foyer, a cute young bear asked if I’d take one for him and having obliged, he returned the favour saying that “we bearded geek types should stick together” – I should have heard the alarm bells ringing and run to the barbers but thinking I’d pulled [Read more…]
While Darren Aronofsky has wanted to make a big budget film version of the Noah story for years, it’s only recently there’s been enough interest in Hollywood in biblical epics that he’ managed to get some real movement on the project.
Christian Bale was offered the title role in Noah, but he apparently it down, so now Deadline reports Aronofsky is looking to get Russell Crowe onto the ark.
The original story follows Noah, who God believe is a man who’s “righteous in his generation,” and so gives him detailed instructions on how to construct a ark, which will save him and wo of every animal when a massive deluge comes to wipe out the rest of mankind.
No deals have been made, but the director is hoping to bring on the Oscar-winning actor to play the title role in the New Regency/Paramount film. He is also eyeing Liam Neeson for another undetermined role, believed to be a human antagonist to Noah, who believes the man’s ark building mania is completely nutty (which to be honest, as an outside observer would be a fair position to hold – until it starts raining, of course).
It isn’t certain when Noah might shoot.