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Sean Penn is the latest aged actor getting in on the old man action film bandwagon. This is our first look at him as a hitman who wants out of the game in the upcoming new thriller The Gunman. It also stars Javier Bardem, Idris Elba, and Ray Winstone. When talking about the film, Penn wouldn't really admit that he was making an action film,
"Here's the funny thing. Calling it an 'action film' is kind of like calling Meryl Streep a sexy blonde chick. She is. But that really doesn't tell the story of what she is at all."I don't separate this in my mind from anything else I have done. It's a very human story that deals with the same things exploited in action films, like warfare."
But it sounds like it's still an action thriller. Nothing he can say is going to change that. »
- Joey Paur
Penn stars as an international operative who’s on the run across Europe after being betrayed by the organization he worked for.
- Dave McNary
Silver Pictures and Studiocanal announce the start of principal photography of the international action thriller The Gunman. Starring Sean Penn, the project unites the two time Academy Award winning actor with an extraordinary, unconventional ensemble cast including Javier Bardem, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, Mark Rylance and Jasmine Trinca. Directed by acclaimed French helmer Pierre Morel, the compelling script is written by Peter Travis and is based on the novel The Prone Gunman by Jean-Patrick Manchette. Joel Silver and Andrew Rona are producing through Silver Pictures, with Sean Penn. The film is fully financed by Studiocanal who handles worldwide sales and will distribute it in its four territories. It is the second collaboration this year between Silver Pictures and Studiocanal after Non-stop. The Gunman will shoot mainly in Barcelona, Spain and London.
Penn stars as Jim Terrier, an international »
- Philip Sticco
Back in January, it was revealed that French director Pierre Morel, who turned Liam Neeson into an action star in "Taken," was in talks with Sean Penn to star in his first action movie, called "The Gunman." And today, we have a first photo from the new film. Check it out below. The story centers on an international operative named Martin Terrier (Penn) who is betrayed by the organization he works for and must go on the run in a relentless game of cat-and-mouse across Europe. The script is written by Peter Travis and is based on a novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette. The film co-stars Javier Bardem, Idris Elba and Ray Winstone, and is currently shooting around Europe. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
Photo: Silver Pictures, 2013 Gunman Ltd
Silver Pictures and Studiocanal announce the start of principal photography of the international action thriller The Gunman. Starring Sean Penn, the project unites the two time Academy Award winning actor with an extraordinary, unconventional ensemble cast including Javier Bardem, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, Mark Rylance and Jasmine Trinca.
Directed by acclaimed French helmer Pierre Morel, the compelling script is written by Peter Travis and is based on the novel The Prone Gunman by Jean-Patrick Manchette. Joel Silver and Andrew Rona are producing through Silver Pictures, with Sean Penn. The film is fully financed by Studiocanal who handles worldwide sales and will distribute it in its four territories.
It is the second collaboration this year between Silver Pictures and Studiocanal after Non-stop. Neeson is an air marshal who gets texts messages for a stranger who claims to be on board with him and threatens to murder the passengers. »
- Melissa Thompson
Pierre Morel‘s action thriller The Gunman is currently filming in Europe, and the good news is that we finally have the very first (and official) image to share with you! As usual – you will have to click on the pic to take a better look at Sean Penn who, in case you forgot, stars as a hired killer but… desperately wants out of the game… Morel directs from a script written by Peter Travis, but the project is actually an adaptation of Jean-Patrick Manchette‘s novel The Prone Gunman. It revolves around a hired killer named Martin Terrier (played by Penn) who wants to settle...
- Jeanne Standal
Now in production in Europe, director Pierre Morel's The Gunman has revealed a first still of Sean Penn's Martin Terrier. Check it out below! An adaptation of Jean-Patrick Manchette's novel "The Prone Gunman," the film version is also set to star Javier Bardem, Idris Elba and Ray Winstone. Although Manchette passed away in 1995, the book was translated by James Brooks and published through Lawrence Ferlinghetti's City Light Books in 2002. Sean Penn stars as Jim Terrier, an international operative who is betrayed by the organization he worked for, and must go on the run in a relentless game of cat and mouse across Europe. Joel Silver and Andrew Rona are producing The Gunman with Peter Travis providing the screenplay. Click the photo for a bigger version! »
A triple-shot of Idris Elba today. The actor is in talks to join Sean Penn and Javier Bardem in director Pierre Morel's action thriller for Silver Pictures, titled The Gunman, which is based on the novel, The Prone Gunman, by Jean-Patrick Manchette. The story, which will be adapted to script by Peter Travis, goes: Martin Terrier is a hired killer who wants out of the game - so he can settle down and marry his childhood sweetheart. After all, that’s why he took up this profession! But the Organization won't let him go: they have other plans. For one more time, the gunman must assume the prone shooting position. A tour de force, this violent tale »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Last year, director Peter Travis and screenwriter Alex Garland brought Judge Dredd fans a cool hard-r take on the character to the big screen called Dredd. The movie turned out to be great. For the most part, fans were happy with what the movie had to offer. It got positive reviews, but for some reason general audiences didn't embrace it. $45 million was spent making the film. Unfortunately, it only made $35.6 million worldwide. Because of that, I thought for sure that the prospect for a sequel was dead and buried. Apparently that's not the case! In a recent interview with Collider, Karl Urban revealed that there's still hope for Dredd 2!
Interestingly enough, I did have breakfast with Alex Garland this morning. It’s not off the agenda. Clearly everyone has woken up to the fact that an audience has found this movie and loves it. It’s entirely possible, and if »
- Joey Paur
Fans of the comic series Judge Dredd have been clamoring for a worthy big screen adaptation for years. The 1995 Sylvester Stallone-fronted iteration missed the mark entirely, but director Peter Travis and screenwriter Alex Garland brought a harneded, R-rated take on the character to the big screen last year with Dredd. The film received generally positive reviews and a fantastic reception from longtime fans of the comics, but it didn’t exactly strike a chord with general audiences. Against a budget of $45 million, the pic only grossed $35.6 million worldwide, making the prospect of a sequel rather slim. Steve recently caught up with Dredd star Karl Urban for a phone interview in anticipation of the release of Star Trek Into Darkness, and Urban revealed that there’s hope yet for a Dredd 2 given the first film’s recent cult status. The actor noted that he has been in touch with Garland »
- Adam Chitwood
This article originally appeared in If magazine, Issue #150
Unlike many other blockbuster movies, Dredd 3D used only one VFX facility to create its effects instead of depending on multiple digital agencies. In fact, Prime Focus was hand-picked to work on the effects even before the director was brought on board.
Prime Focus VFX supervisor Jon Thum says involving the visual effects studio from the start of the production process helped deliver a great film. "We were able to eliminate the wasteful use of effects, which usually happens on movies when the digital companies are contracted further down the line. By integrating the effects so closely into the storyline, we were able to find clever ways of making high-level visuals on a relatively low budget."
- Rodney Appleyard
Taken director Pierre Morel is set to direct Sean Penn in a new action thriller called Prone Gunman. The movie will be an adaptation of the 1981 novel written by Jean-Patrick Manchette. The film seems like something Morel would take on, as it tells the story of a betrayed covert op who has to rely on his survival skills as he's being hunted across Europe. It's interesting that Penn is going to take on the part, as it seems like a different role for the actor. The script for the film was written by Dredd screenwriter Peter Travis.
Here's a description of the book:
Martin Terrier is a hired killer who wants out of the game—so he can settle down and marry his childhood sweetheart. After all, that’s why he took up this profession! But the Organization won’t let him go: they have other plans. Once again, the »
- Joey Paur
The Transporter cinematographer and District B13 director Pierre Morel broke big with Taken and then retreated back to the action cheese of From Paris With Love. But next he’ll direct an unexpected actor in a new action/thriller. Sean Penn is now set to star in Morel’s adaptation of the thriller novel Prone Gunman. Peter Travis (Dredd) adapts the [...] »
- Russ Fischer
1.) Original plans to follow-up the 3-D re-release of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace with re-releases of Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith later this year have been canned. Official word is so Disney and Lucasfilm can now concentrate solely on rebooting the franchise with Star Wars: Episode VII, which J.J. Abrams was officially announced as director over the weekend. Yes, I think we are all together in realizing that makes no sense, especially since 3-D re-releases are essentially free money, but perhaps that's just the image they weren't interested in putting out there on top of the fact Phantom Menace didn't exactly perform too well. Deadline 2.) Brad Bird's next film was originally going to be titled 1952, but Disney sent out a press release yesterday announcing it will now be known as Tomorrowland. There are no plot details outside of rumors the story will be UFO related. »
- Brad Brevet
Late last year it was announced that Sean Penn would be following in the footsteps of actors like Liam Neeson and toplining his own European-set action film. And now, THR is reporting that “Taken” helmer Pierre Morel is in negotiations to direct Penn in his own potential franchise with “Prone Gunman.” The film, written by Peter Travis, is an adaptation of the Jean-Patrick Manchette novel that will follow Penn as “an international operative named Martin Terrier who is betrayed by the organization he works for and must go on the run in a relentless game of cat-and-mouse across Europe.” Morel, whose last directorial effort was the 2010 John Travolta-starring flop “From Paris With Love,” is probably the best choice for the subject matter. Interestingly, he’ll be the second filmmaker to take a stab at Manchette’s novel, as it was made into the forgotten 1982 French film “Le Choc,” starring Alain Delon and. »
- Cain Rodriguez
French director Pierre Morel, who turned Liam Neeson into an action star in "Taken", is in talks with Penn to direct the actor in his first action movie, called "Prone Gunman," based on a novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette. The story centers on an international operative named Martin Terrier (Penn) who is betrayed by the organization he works for and must go on the run in a relentless game of cat-and-mouse across Europe. The script is written by Peter Travis and the plan is to begin filming in the spring in several locations across Europe. »
Back in November we reported on Sean Penn possibly leading an action franchise with The Prone Gunman. Now Taken director Pierre Morel has jumped on board to direct. Funnily enough I compared Penn’s taking on an action role to that of Liam Neeson in Taken. Based on a book by Jean-Patrick Manchette with a script from Peter Travis, there are even suggestions that this could be the first of a franchise. Penn will play an assassin who is betrayed by the organisation he works for. Joel Silver and Andrew Rona will produce. The plot sounds very similar to…just about anything involving hired assassins really. So, having not read the book it’s a bit hard to get excited by the film just yet. Not being a fan of Taken doesn’t much help matters.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Based on the novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette, the story centers on an international operative named Martin Terrier (Penn) who is betrayed by his own organization. He ends up on the run in a relentless game of cat-and-mouse across Europe.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Based on a Jean-Patrick Manchette novel and a script by Peter Travis, the story centers on an international operative named Martin Terrier (Penn) who is betrayed by the organization he works for and must go on the run in a relentless game of cat-and-mouse across Europe.
The movie is serving as Penn’s introduction into the action flicks game, so it’s fitting that he would work with Morel, who launched the reinvention of actor Liam Neeson as an action star with Taken. The 2008 movie featured Neeson as a father who will do anything to rescue his daughter and launched a sequel released in 2012.
Silver and Studio Canal, which is fully financing the picture, are looking at a spring »
- Vesna Sunrider
Pierre Morel, who launched Liam Neeson's second act as an action star in "Taken," is in talks to direct "Prone Gunman" for Silver Pictures and Studio Canal. Sean Penn will star in the film, based on Jean-Patrick Manchette's novel about an international spy betrayed by his own organization. Peter Travis adapted the book, and Silver Pictures' Joel Silver and Andrew Rona will produce. Silver Pictures and Studio Canal, which is financing the film, are hoping they have a new action franchise on their hands. Morel, left, who started his career as a cinematographer, »
- Lucas Shaw
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