Paramount Pictures is moving forward with a reboot of The Naked Gun, according to Deadline’s Justin Kroll. Actor Liam Neeson is set to star in the film with Akiva Schaffer to direct from a script by Dan Gregor and Doug Mand (Chip n Dale: Rescue Rangers) and with Seth MacFarlane and Erica Huggins producing through Fuzzy Door.
A new Darkman legacy sequel is abound, according to statements from filmmaker Sam Raimi via The Wrap, who also wants actor Liam Neeson back should things move ahead.
The all too painful memories of the last several years have been heavily shared in the migrant experience. Trouble With The Curve director Robert Lorenz clearly lends an ear to this some with new action thriller, The Marksman, featuring none other than Liam Neeson back in grisled form this time as a white, gun-toting Southerner who finds himself at a crossroads between a vulnerable young boy, and the vicious cartel hunting him.
Far from any talk of retirement, actor Liam Neeson is back for another action role in The Minuteman which rolls cameras this September. Directed by Robert Lorenz, Neeson will play a retired Vietnam veteran who finds himself caring for a young boy being hunted by the cartel.
MEN IN BLACK INTERNATIONAL: Sony Debuts The First Official Trailer For The Fourth Entry Into The Sci-Fi Action Comedy Franchise
Beyond the proliferation of the Will Smith/Tommy Lee Jones-fronted Men In Black trilogy, Lowell Cunningham’s beloved comic book franchise is taking on new life from Sony and Amblin with another spectacular epic that aims with equal gravitas. Enter actress Tessa Thompson into the fray who is ready to make this s**t look good with Thor: Ragnarok lead Chris Hemsworth now both serving the clandestined and secretive organization that monitors alien life in F. Gary Gray’s Men In Black International.
Netflix series Ozark co-creator Mark Williams is set to soon begin helming action thriller, Honest Thief.
It’s easy to gripe with studios over remakes. It’s another to take your case to directors who’ve chosen explicitly to make such a move and while there are plenty in the past century to choose from, expect to see Hans Petter Molland’s name in the history books with Cold Pursuit from Lionsgate via Summit Entertainment.
Hans Petter Molland’s 2014 Norwegian revenge drama, In Order Of Disappearance (a.k.a. Kraftidioten), was one of the most smartly-directed films I’d seen in the last several years. It drew the interest upon learning that Molland was vying for the director’s chair following the announcement of Hard Powder, a remake that would have seasoned thesp Liam Neeson taking the mantle held previously by Stellan Skarsgård.
Well isn’t this a fine “How do ya do?”
Fish around long enough online and you’ll find some interesting plot hints for The Fate Of The Furious helmer F. Gary Gray’s latest reboot take on Men In Black. Whatever the case may be, expect Thor 3 actors Chris Hemsworth and actress Tessa Thompson to lead the cast for the Sony production as the studio looks to make this franchise a thing come at least by next year.
This now brings us to Justin Kroll’s exclusive at Variety which entails news of actor Liam Neeson now circling the role of the U.K. branch manager of the clandestined organization bent on operating in secrecy whilst monitoring and mitigating with extraterrestrial life on and around Earth. The role is in the same vein as that of the one played by Rip Torn in the original movies.
The report states this will be a pivot from Nesson’s usual hard-edged, seasoned action thrillers – although honestly, I wouldn’t mind seeing Neeson go Bryan Mills on some alien fools while we’re at it. I think that would be a superb topping on this sci-fi reboot layer cake.
Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are on board and producing along with Steven Spielberg executive producing. David Beaubaire is overseeing the film for Sony.
Variety is reporting that Lionsgate has officially nabbed the U.S. rights to the upcoming black comedy crime thriller remake, Hard Powder. Liam Neeson stars in the remade tale of a humble ski town snowplow driver in the Rocky Mountains who ensues a gang war between opposing sides while seeking bloody vengeance for the murder of his son.
Neeson is joined by Emmy Rossum, Laura Dern, Benjamin Hollingsworth, Julia Jones, John Doman and Aleks Panouvic from a script by Frank Baldwin. Hans Petter Moland returned at the helm following the hit Norwegian original, Kraftidioten, which he directed for Magnet Releasing’s 2014 U.S. release re-titled In Order Of Disappearance with Stellan Skarsgård starring.
Neeson’s next stop will be in theaters this January in Jaume Collet-Serra’s The Commuter, also from Lionsgate.
It’s reasonable to expect actor Liam Neeson to end his run as a star in action films any time now. The 65 year-old actor has spoken on this issue before and so what better way to exit than to give the fans another go as he’s doing these days with the new thriller, The Commuter.
Whatever, I’m funny. As for the film? Not quite as the circumstances are for the hostage role actor Liam Neeson takes on in his fourth pairing with director Jamue Collet-Serra since starring in Unknown in 2011. Neeson stars here in The Commuter which opens next year on January 12, and Lionsgate has brought the first official teaser trailer which you can view below.
Lionsgate is currently poised to release actor Liam Neeson’s most recent completion, The Commuter, on January 12 from director Jaume Collet-Serra. In the meantime, with Neeson newly finished with Hans Peter Molland’s Hard Powder, the actor will be reteaming with Collet-Serra, who will produce, for another upcoming remake of Dani de la Torre’s 2015 directorial debut, El Desconocido, or Retribution in English.
Produced by Vaca Films and Atresmedia, de la Torre’s film earned a raft of nominations and two wins with a story centered on a bank executive forced to complete a series of tasks whilst trapped in his car with his children, lest the captor holding them hostage via phone detonates the bomb in his car. The remake, which hails from Studiocanal, The Picture Company, and Ombra Films and is slated for a Fall shoot, will see Neeson starring as a Wall Street executive to this extent in a script by Chris Salmanpour and Andrew Baldwin with Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman, and Ombra Films’s Juan Sola producing.
Vaca Films and Atresmedia are executive producing the film. The search for a director remains ongoing. (H/T: Deadline)