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Liam Neeson on using his 'Taken' clout to get 'Walk Among The Tombstones' made

14 September 2014 1:45 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Excalibur" was a formative theatrical experience for me. It was one of the first R-rated films I specifically decided I wanted to see in a theater. I'd seen other R-rated films before that, but always at random and because someone else decided I was going to see it. With "Excalibur," I was crazy to see it, and the film landed on me like a ton of bricks. Surreal, violent, beautiful, explicit, and for a mythology nut, seeing how the film dealt with each of the characters, each of the Arthurian archetypes, I was in love. One of the guys who made an impression in the film was a young Liam Neeson, and for the rest of the '80s, he racked up a number of performances where, good film or bad, he made an impression. How could he not? No one else looked like him. Slightly over eight feet tall, »

- Drew McWeeny

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Pierre Morel Has Taken On ‘Victor The Assassin’

9 September 2014 11:34 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The folks over at Studiocanal have acquired the rights to the ‘Victor The Assassin’ book series. Written by British novelist Tom Wood, the series currently stands at four books, the first being ‘The Killer’ or ‘The Hunter’ as it was titled in the UK. Victor is an assassin with no surname, no history, and who prefers to live alone and get the job done. The series has become immensely popular and now it looks as though he’ll be heading to the big screen.

Pierre Morel, who has flexed his action muscles with District 13, Taken, and From Paris With Love, as well as the upcoming The Gunman, will helm the first installment of the series. It will also see Studiocanal, Morel, and the producers of The Gunman reunite, which suggests a good working relationship that’s always a plus.

Although the premise for The Killer/The Hunter (who knows »

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Pierre Morel Directing ‘The Killer’ Based on Tom Wood Novel

9 September 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Don’t worry, not *that* The Killer. While someone will eventually remake John Woo’s Hong Kong film of the same name, this is about Pierre Morel (District B13, Taken) directing an adaptation of the Victor the Assassin book series by Tom Wood. The first book in the series was released as The Killer in the Us (it’s called The Hunter in […]

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Taken Director Pierre Morel Will Helm Victor The Assassin Adaptation The Killer

9 September 2014 9:03 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

StudioCanal is teaming up with Taken and District B13 director Pierre Morel to push further in action-thriller territory with The Killer, an adaptation of Tom Wood’s bestselling Victor the Assassin series. The project finds the studio and Morel reteaming with Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman of The Picture Company, the same producers who worked on The Gunman, starring Idris Elba, Javier Bardem and Sean Penn.

No star has yet been announced, but all involved are definitely gunning for a series with The Killer. Wood’s franchise has so far included four novels and one short story, with more volumes on the way. Though the story is somewhat familiar – a nameless assassin is double-crossed and forced to fend for himself - The Killer and its sequels have received strong reviews, with many praising Wood’s writing, the main character and the inventive action sequences.

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- Isaac Feldberg

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Film Casting: Expiration, Pierre Morel Directing The Killer

9 September 2014 2:55 AM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

  Expiration, The Killer, and other films have all made recent film casting, screenwriting, and director news. These films come from movie studios primarily based in the United States. The castings, screenwriters, and directors are subject to change. Daughter of God Keanu Reeves and Spain-based Ana De Armas will star in Gee Malik Linton’s mystery-thriller “Daughter [...]

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Taken director bringing Victor the Assassin to the movies

8 September 2014 10:34 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Tom Wood's Victor the Assassin is set to transfer to film, courtesy of Taken director Pierre Morel...

Tom Wood's series of books based around the character of Victor the Assassin have a lot going for them. Packed with action, solid plots, and with a cold freelance assassin as a central character, Wood keeps things moving quickly, and his novels are enjoyable reads.

And now they're coming to the movies.

Pierre Morel, who helmed the original Taken movie, is to direct a big screen take on the first Victor the Assassin book, The Killer (or The Hunter, depending on where you live). This one kicks off in Paris, sees a seemingly standard job go wrong, and Victor finds himself in the crosshairs of some rather unpleasant people.

There's no word yet on who will take on the title role. But if the first film does well, there are four »

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'Taken' Director Pierre Morel to Direct 'Victor the Assassin' Adaptation

8 September 2014 5:47 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Since revitalizing and reshaping the career of Liam Neeson with Taken, director Pierre Morel hasn't really done much to write home about. There was From Paris with Love, which had its moments, but it was hardly a success. There's a chance he might deliver something cool with The Gunman, starring Sean Penn, which arrives in February of 2015, but we can't be sure since we've yet to see a trailer. But the film must have gone well since THR reports Morel is reteaming with its producers, Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman from The Picture Company, for an adaptation of Tom Wood's Victor the Assassin book series. More below! Studiocanal is behind the project that will adapt The Killer (or The Hunter in the United Kingdom), the first book in the series, for the big screen. Not unlike Jack Reacher or Jack Ryan, the book series follows the same character: Victor, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Pierre Morel Targets The Killer

8 September 2014 5:05 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Taken director Pierre Morel is showing no signs of moving away from action, at least for his big screen career. He’s just made a deal to direct The Killer for Studiocanal, based on Tom Wood’s book series.Wood’s tomes, which are collectively known as the Victor The Assassin series, were first published in the Us and the UK in 2011 with the debut of The Killer, though the title was changed to The Hunter here in Blighty.The film will follow a mysterious assassin with no last name who, in classicmovie hit man style, is double-crossed and must go on the run to find the truth about those trying to take him down. It does sound awfully familiar, though Wood’s books have been praised for finding new, creative ways to explore the story, something that will hopefully carry over to the adaptation. And while Morel hasn’t »

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'Victor the Assassin' Movie Gets 'Taken' Director Pierre Morel

8 September 2014 1:27 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Taken filmmaker Pierre Morel has signed on to direct The Killer for StudioCanal, an adaptation of Tom Wood's (a.k.a. Tom Hinshelwood) novel of the same name.

StudioCanal has acquired all of the novels in Tom Wood's Victor the Assassin series, with The Killer set to be the first adaptation. The book centers on an assassin with no last name who is double-crossed after an assignment in Paris, as he is chased around the world by intelligence agencies, rival assassins and the authorities.

No screenwriter has been attached to adapt the novel, but the adaptation will be produced by The Picture Company's Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman, who produced Pierre Morel's upcoming movie The Gunman starring Sean Penn. Sentient Entertainment's Renee Tab and Christopher Tuffin are also producing.

Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman previously worked with StudioCanal on their action-thriller Non-Stop and The Gunman, »

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"Taken" Helmer Lines Up "The Killer"

8 September 2014 11:58 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Studiocanal has scored the rights to "Victor the Assassin," an upcoming book series by Tom Wood.

Pierre Morel ("Taken") is on board to direct "The Killer" (aka. "The Hunter") based on the first book in the series, which centers on an assassin who had no last name and about whom very little is known. The books were praised for their pacing and charismatic lead.

Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman will produce. Morel and the producers just worked together on "The Gunman" starring Sean Penn, Idris Elba and Javier Bardem which opens in February.

Source: Heat Vision »

- Garth Franklin

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Studiocanal and 'Taken' Director Adapting 'Victor the Assassin' Books

8 September 2014 8:35 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Studiocanal continues its push into action by picking up the rights to Victor the Assassin, the book series by Tom Wood. And it’s reuniting with the director and producers of its upcoming action movie The Gunman to adapt the first tome. Pierre Morel is on board to direct The Killer, which will be produced by Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman of The Picture Company. Morel directed Gunman, which stars Sean Penn, Idris Elba and Javier Bardem, while Rona and Heineman were among its producers. Also on board to produce the Victor the Assassin adaptations are Sentient Entertainment's Renee Tab and

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‘Brick Mansions’ Blu-ray Review

6 September 2014 10:29 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Paul Walker, David Belle, RZA, Gouchy Boy, Catalina Denis, Ayisha Issa, Carlo Rota, Andreas Apergis, Richard Zeman, Robert Maillet, Bruce Ramsay | Written by Luc Besson, Bibi Naceri | Directed by Camille Delamarre

Hollywood remaking a foreign film is far from a new phenomenon, and adaption in this manner has yielded some truly great films. We have seen such successes like Seven Samurai  transformed into The Magnificent Seven, and Infernal Affairs  altered into The Departed.

On the other hand, there are movies like Brick Mansions. This remake of the Luc Besson / Pierre Morel French parkour action fest District B13  has much in common with the original including plot structure, action sequences, and even shares one of the co-leads. What it lacks is energy, craftsmanship, and originality.  Fans of the original have little reason to examine this new take, and those coming in fresh will also find it difficult enjoy this tired dud of an action movie. »

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Luc Besson Puts His EuropaCorp to the Test With ‘Lucy’

24 July 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The son of scuba-diving instructors, Luc Besson came of age exploring the depths of the ocean floor and inventing stories out of the debris he would find along the shore. Some 50 years later, he is still playing with rocks in the sand — only now his shoreline is the river Seine and his castle a 667,000-square-foot film studio called Cite du Cinema (literally Cinema City). Built from the shell of a 1930s thermal power plant in the Paris suburb of Saint Denis, the sprawling complex — which includes nine soundstages, a 500-seat auditorium and a full-service restaurant — is headquarters for Besson’s prolific production and distribution outfit, EuropaCorp, plus a host of affiliated vendors and two film schools.

On a recent Friday afternoon, despite a bank-holiday weekend in France, Cite du Cinema was a hive of activity as editors, sound mixers and visual effects artists readied two new EuropaCorp productions for their »

- Scott Foundas

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Can Luc Besson score another French-import blockbuster with 'Lucy'? (Updated)

24 July 2014 5:15 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Over the course of his dozen-plus films as a writer-director, Parisian auteur Luc Besson has become known for his stylish inversions of schlock genre fare and a certain, shall we call it, Vive la femme attitude toward women.

Time and again, his movies place emotionally fragile female characters in physically perilous situations: a conflicted hit-woman struggling with the perils of her job in 1990’s La Femme Nikita, 12-year old Natalie Portman on the run as an assassin-in-training in The Professional, and Milla Jovovich’s universe-saving alien Leeloo in The Fifth Element (1997) among them. Besson’s latest multiplex offering appears set to follow that template. »

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Italy’s Rai Cinema Boasts Banner Year But Continues To Cut Back On Hollywood Pics

25 June 2014 8:56 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – Italy’s Rai Cinema is having a banner year, commanding a 15% box office share for the first half of 2014, which makes pubcaster Rai’s film unit the number two Italian distributor after Warner Bros. However Hollywood titles continue to be a low priority, said topper Paolo Del Brocco, unveiling its lineup Wednesday in Rome.

Del Brocco said the Italo film distribution and production powerhouse will be investing some Euros 60 million ($81 million) in Italian productions in 2014, whereas only 4 or 5 million Euros are earmarked for international acquisitions.

That said, Rai Cinema remains an active buyer. In Cannes they picked up Italo rights for Tom Hardy gangster pic “Legend,” to be helmed by Brian Helgeland, produced by Working Title and financed by Studio Canal, which is selling. Rai also has another Studio Canal pic, Sean Penn starrer “The Gunman,” an action thriller helmed by Pierre Morel. And in Cannes they also inked »

- Nick Vivarelli

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CineEurope: StudioCanal Debuts Footage From Stephen Frears' Lance Armstrong Film

17 June 2014 5:43 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Barcelona – StudioCanal, the European film distribution and production giant owned by France's Vivendi, on Tuesday presented here at CineEurope for the first time in the company's and the event's history armed with first footage of Stephen Frears’ untitled Lance Armstrong movie and an appearance on stage by The Gunman director Pierre Morel. He talked the exhibitors in attendance through three exclusive clips from his action film starring Sean Penn, Idris Elba and Javier Bardem. He also showed a taped message from Hugh Bonneville for the studio’s biggest movie rollout to-date, Paddington. Photos 2014's Most Anticipated Movies European exhibitors also got a first look

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Sean Penn's The Gunman gets release date

25 May 2014 3:04 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A UK and Us release date for Sean Penn's The Gunman has been announced.

The military thriller is slated to hit cinemas on February 20, 2015.

Penn is starring as an ex-special forces soldier and military contractor who must chase across Europe in order to clear his name.

The action thriller will be directed by Pierre Morel, who has previously worked on Taken and From Paris with Love.

Penn most recently appeared on the big screen as a globe-trotting photographer in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

The Gunman will also star Skyfall's Javier Bardem and The Wire's Idris Elba, as well as Ray Winstone, Mark Rylance and Jasmine Trinca.

Watch a trailer for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty below: »

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Sean Penn's The Gunman gets Us release date

25 May 2014 3:04 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A Us release date for Sean Penn's The Gunman has been announced.

The military thriller is slated to hit cinemas on February 20, 2015.

Penn is starring as an ex-special forces soldier and military contractor who must chase across Europe in order to clear his name.

The action thriller will be directed by Pierre Morel, who has previously worked on Taken and From Paris with Love.

Penn most recently appeared on the big screen as a globe-trotting photographer in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

The Gunman will also star Skyfall's Javier Bardem and The Wire's Idris Elba, as well as Ray Winstone, Mark Rylance and Jasmine Trinca.

Watch a trailer for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty below: »

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'The Gunman': Sean Penn military thriller gets release date

25 May 2014 12:40 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Open Road has set a release date for the Sean Penn-led action thriller The Gunman. Directed by Pierre Morel, the film will hit North American theaters on Feb. 20, 2015.

Penn plays a former special forces soldier and military contractor who races across Europe in an attempt to clear his name. Javier Bardem, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, Mark Rylance, and Jasmine Trinca also star. »

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Director Pierre Morel's The Gunman Starring Sean Penn & Javier Bardem Set for February 2015 Release

24 May 2014 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

Based on Jean-Patrick Manchette’s novel 'The Prone Gunman,' The Gunman was directed by Pierre Morel (Taken, The Transporter franchise) and also stars Javier Bardem, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, Mark Rylance and Jasmine Trinca. Open Road Films has scheduled the film for theatrical release on February 20th, 2015. In The Gunman, Sean Penn stars as a former special forces soldier and military contractor suffering from Ptsd. He tries to reconnect with his long time love, but first must go on the run from London to Barcelona and across Europe in order to clear his name. »

- Pietro Filipponi

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