THE RIKER’S GHOST Taps ‘Marlowe’ Duo For New Liam Neeson Prison Escape Thriller
Fans of actor Liam Neeson are less than a week away from Briarcliff Entertainment’s release of Neil Jordan’s new crime thriller, Marlowe. In the meantime, you’re welcome to add The Riker’s Ghost which has both Neeson and Jordan reuniting once again with production set to commence in September.
Starring from a script by Jordan and co-scribes Sean O’Keefe (Spenser Confidential), Brian Rudnick (Dungeons & Dragons), The Riker’s Ghost sees the Taken franchise star in the role of a convict set for release who is forced to break a terrorist out of prison when his lawyer is kidnapped, as he is the only one who knows a way out.
The film further reunites Jordan, who is also credited for directing memorable titles like The Crying Game, Greta and Interview with a Vampire, and producer, Parallel Film’s Alan Moloney since working on Marlowe. Financing will be provided by Endurance Media whose Steve Richards, who has worked on several Neeson-led box office successes like Non-Stop and Unknown, will also produce. Jake Katofsky and Susan Mullen will co-produce with Rupert Wyatt also serving as producer.
Christian Mercuri announced the film ahead of EFM as he will rep international sales for the pic through his L.A.-based production and sales firm, Capstone. CAA Media Finance is handling US rights.
“This is a unique take on the prison escape,” said Jordan. “A bare-knuckle ride from incarceration to freedom, by someone who just wants to finish his term. The reluctant escapee will be played by Liam Neeson, and I can’t wait to explore this character with him.”
“I am thrilled to be joining forces again with Neil and Liam,” said Moloney. “We have put together an elite team to support Neil’s scripted and directorial vision. This one will have you on the edge of your seat.”
Neeson is represented by Chris Andrews at CAA.
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