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Back in September it was announced that Liam Neeson has signed on to star in The Commuter, a new thriller from Unknown and Non-Stop producers Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman, and now it has been announced that Jaume Collet-Serra, director of the two aforementioned movies, has joined the reunion.
The Commuter will see Neeson as “a businessman on his daily commute home, who unwittingly gets caught up in a criminal conspiracy. It threatens not only his life but the lives of those around him.”
Collet-Serra is currently in post-production on his latest thriller In the Shallows, while Neeson will next be seen in Martin Scorsese’s passion project Silence, which is slated for release later this year. »
- Gary Collinson
Just a few months after Liam Neeson signed on to star in StudioCanal's The Commuter, it seems the actor is reuniting with his regular collaborator behind the camera. Deadline reports that Jaume Collet-Serra has come aboard to direct The Commuter. This will be the fourth project the actor and director have collaborated on, following Unknown, Non-Stop and last year's Run All Night.
Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi wrote the screenplay, which follows a businessman (Liam Neeson) who unwillingly gets embroiled in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute home. This sinister plot not only endangers his life, but also the lives of several other commuters around him. We first reported on The Commuter way back in 2010, when Olatunde Osunsanmi (The Fourth Kind) signed on to direct, but that was the last we heard about the project.
Together they’ve tackled psychological thrillers and airborne white-knuckle rides, but now Lionsgate and StudioCanal’s latest action flick The Commuter will make it four for four with Jaume Collet-Serra and Liam Neeson collaborations.
News of Collet-Serra boarding the project arrives by way of Deadline, noting that the filmmaker previously directed the grizzled Irishman in Unknown, Non-Stop and last year’s gritty noir Run All Night. Hardly genre-defining classics by any stretch, but it’s clear Collet-Serra and Neeson have forged a bankable formula together in the past few years, and it’s that recipe for success Lionsgate and StudioCanal will be hoping to call upon once more for The Commuter.
Scripted by Byron Willinger and Phil de Blasi, Neeson’s latest action role has him take on the titular character, an unassuming businessman who unearths a seedy criminal conspiracy theory after clocking out of his nine-to-five. Said to be »
- Michael Briers
Jaume Collet-Serra will direct The Commuter, which will reunite him with Liam Neeson, the star of Non-Stop and Run All Night. Neeson is already attached to the thriller, which follows a man (Neeson) who gets caught up in a criminal conspiracy. Studiocanal and The Picture Company’s Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman are producing the film. Lionsgate will release the film in the U.S. The title was a big seller at Afm. Collet-Serra and Neeson have worked on several films together, including 2015’s Run All Night, 2014’s Non-Stop and 2011’s Unknown. Collet-Serra is next directing
- Rebecca Ford
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Jaume Collet-Serra has boarded The Commuter, committing to make the thriller his next directorial outing, with production to start this summer. He reunites with Liam Neeson, with whom he teamed on the global hits Non-Stop and Unknown. The film also brings Serra back with Studiocanal and The Picture Company’s Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman, who are producing this and also made the other two films. Studiocanal was very aggressive in bringing the director back into… »
Byron Willinger and Phil de Blasi penne the story in which Neeson plays a businessman on his daily commute home who unwittingly gets caught up in a criminal conspiracy which threatens the lives of everyone around him.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
7 items from 2016
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