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Liam Neeson joins new thriller Retribution

9 May 2017 3:17 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Tony Sokol May 10, 2017

Wall Street executive takes his family on an explosive ride in Liam Neeson’s new action thriller Retribution.

Things are speeding up again for Liam Neeson. He's set to headline the upcoming independent thriller Retribution. Described as an updated and more compact Speed, the movie is a remake of the Spanish film El Desconocido (2015). The original, which starred Luis Tosar, was nominated for eight Goya Awards.

The screenplay for this new version was written by Chris Salmanpour and Andrew Baldwin.

Neeson will play a well off Wall Street executive who is told by an anonymous caller that bombs have been in his car, which he is driving with his family beside him. He is told the bombs will go off if he doesn’t follow a series of increasingly harrowing instructions.

Retribution is the fourth collaboration Neeson is making with Studiocanal, which is producing Retribution with The Picture Company »

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Liam Neeson Will Seek Retribution For StudioCanal

9 May 2017 2:22 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

He’s unraveled mind-bending conspiracies and tackled terrorism on a transatlantic flight, but for his latest StudioCanal shindig, Hollywood’s favorite action veteran Liam Neeson is headed to Wall Street.

Deadline has the scoop, revealing that the Irish actor has come aboard StudioCanal’s Retribution, the English-language remake of Spanish action-thriller El Desconocido. Filming is due to commence in the fall, and we understand Chris Salmanpour and Andrew Baldwin are the brains behind the script. No word on who will get behind the lens to direct, but Deadline is quick to point out that it won’t be Jaume Collet-Serra.

If that name rings a bell, it should; for the past six years, the Spanish filmmaker has ensured Liam Neeson’s particular set of skills extended far beyond the Taken franchise, after recruiting the 64-year-old to headline Unknown, Non-Stop and 2018’s action vehicle, The Commuter.

As for Retribution, it’ll »

- Michael Briers

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Liam Neeson to Star in ‘Retribution,’ Remake of Spanish Thriller ‘El Desconocido’

9 May 2017 12:44 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Liam Neeson has signed on to star in the independent thriller “Retribution,” a remake of the 2015 Spanish film “El Desconocido.”

No director has been set yet. The production companies are Studiocanal, The Picture Company, and Ombra Films. The producers are Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman under The Picture Company’s Studiocanal deal, along with Jaume Collet-Serra and his Ombra Films partner, Juan Sola. Shooting is expected to start in the fall.

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“El Desconocido” followed a bank executive (Carlos Tosar) who received an anonymous phone call while taking his children to school, telling him that bombs had been placed under the car’s seats and would explode if any of them left. The film was nominated for eight Goya Awards.

Neeson will play a Wall Street executive in the remake, which has been written by Chris Salmanpour and Andrew Baldwin. »

- Dave McNary

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Studiocanal Promotes Anne Cherel to International Sales Head of Current Movies

3 May 2017 11:52 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Part of an internal reorganization at Vivendi’s Studiocanal, one of Europe’s biggest film-tv companies, Anne Cherel has been promoted to head of international sales for current movies.

Cherel served from 2012 as Svp, international sales, at Studiocanal where she enjoyed a close working relationship with Anna Marsh, promoted in March to Studiocanal head of distribution for film and TV. Cherel will continue to report to Anna Marsh, taking over the sales activities previously overseen by Marsh when she was head of international film sales.

Cherel’s appointment comes a month after Yann Le Prado, the former CEO of Havas Productions, was named head of catalog at Studiocanal. Le Prado’s appointment coincides with European film-tv giant’s creation of three operational divisions: Film-tv production, distribution and catalog.

Marsh and Le Prado both report to Studiocanal chairman-ceo Didier Lupfer, who will be directly responsible for production, his central career focus and a priority for Vivendi and Studiocanal »

- John Hopewell

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Studiocanal Promotes Anne Cherel to International Sales Head of Current Movies

3 May 2017 11:52 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Part of an internal reorganization at Vivendi’s Studiocanal, one of Europe’s biggest film-tv companies, Anne Cherel has been promoted to head of international sales for current movies.

Cherel served from 2012 as Svp, international sales, at Studiocanal where she enjoyed a close working relationship with Anna Marsh, promoted in March to Studiocanal head of distribution for film and TV. Cherel will continue to report to Anna Marsh, taking over the sales activities previously overseen by Marsh when she was head of international film sales.

Cherel’s appointment comes a month after Yann Le Prado, the former CEO of Havas Productions, was named head of catalog at Studiocanal. Le Prado’s appointment coincides with European film-tv giant’s creation of three operational divisions: Film-tv production, distribution and catalog.

Marsh and Le Prado both report to Studiocanal chairman-ceo Didier Lupfer, who will be directly responsible for production, his central career focus »

- John Hopewell

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Nine Actors Who Reinvented Themselves and Revitalized Their Careers

21 April 2017 10:45 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Some actors manage to catch lightning in a bottle twice. It’s impressive enough to find your niche in Hollywood’s A-list even once. Occasionally, an actor will reinvent him/herself and begin a new phase of their careers that will be even more successful than it was before. Here are nine actors who had a cinematic rebirth. 

Liam Neeson-  Neeson has had a long career, and the early part of it was in dramatic roles. An intense dramatic actor, he apeared in films like The Dead Pool, Dark Man, Schindler’s List, Rob Roy and Les Miserables. His career rebirth came after playing Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars-Episode one: The Phantom Menace. After that, he got more offers for actions parts and recreated himself as an action hero in films like Gangs of NY, Batman Begins, Taken, Clash of the Titans, the A-Team, Unknown, the Grey, Taken 2, »

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‘Akira’: Warner Bros. Eyeing ‘Get Out’ Helmer Jordan Peele to Direct Long-Planned Remake — Report

30 March 2017 7:35 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Fresh off his mega-successful directorial debut, “Get Out,” Jordan Peele is now been courted by Warner Bros. to helm the live-action adaptation of the iconic cyberpunk manga “Akira,” as reported by The Tracking Board. According to the site, the studio is moving “aggressively” to seal the deal with the comedian-turned-filmmaker, and the talks seem “encouraging.”

Read More: Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ Is the First Debut Feature From an African-American Writer/Director to Make $100 Million

Set in a dystopian version of Tokyo called Neo-Tokyo, “Akira” centers around two teenage bikers, Tetsuo and Kaneda, whose lives change dramatically after Tetsuo realizes he has psychic powers. Fearing that the city will be hit with another catastrophic psychic explosion, a government agency goes after Tetsuo, all the while fearing the monstrous power of the mysterious Akira.

Read More: ‘Get Out’ Is the First of Many ‘Social Thrillers’ Jordan Peele Has Planned

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- Yoselin Acevedo

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Akira remake: Warner Bros eyeing Get Out director

29 March 2017 10:20 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Mar 30, 2017

Jordan Peele is reportedly in the running to direct the live action take on Akira...

The long-in-gestation live action remake of Akira might just get a substantial boost this weekend, if the Paramount-backed new take on Ghost In The Shell hits box office gold. A Hollywood version of Akira has been under discussion for some time now, with Warner Bros getting close at one stage, then backing away over the cost of the project. The closest it got saw director Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown) in the director’s chair, with Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart set to star, before the plug was pulled late in the day.

Now, though, Warner Bros looks like it’s having another go at getting the project together, and a new report suggests that Jordan Peele is the studio’s top choice to direct the movie. Peele is the man behind the superb Get Out, »

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Rumour: Jaume Collet-Serra in the mix to direct Suicide Squad 2

17 March 2017 4:33 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It looks like Mel Gibson may have some competition for the director’s chair on Suicide Squad 2, as Jeff Sneider is claiming on Meet the Movie Press that Jaume Collet-Serra is also in the frame to helm the upcoming supervillain sequel.

Spanish filmmaker Collet-Serra recently directed Blake Lively in The Shallows, while his other credits include the Liam Neeson action thrillers Unknown, Non-Stop and Run All Night and the horrors House of Wax and Orphan.

With Suicide Squad director David Ayer moving on to the Harley Quinn-led Gotham City Sirens, Mel Gibson somewhat surprisingly emerged as the front-runner for the sequel last month, confirming that he has held talks with Warner Bros.

It has been reported today that Suicide Squad 2 is one of five DC films that could potentially shoot this year (the others being The Flash, Green Lantern Corps, Gotham City Sirens and Justice League Dark) having pushed »

- Gary Collinson

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The Shallows Director Jaume-Collet Serra Reportedly In Contention For Suicide Squad 2

17 March 2017 9:59 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The Shallows director Jaume-Collet Serra is the latest candidate in the mix for Suicide Squad 2, according to a report from Meet the Movie Press (via Screen Rant). Should a deal place, the filmmaker will be working from a script penned by Adam Cozad (The Legend of Tarzan).

Jaume-Collet Serra, who is perhaps best known for his action-oriented collaborations with Liam Neeson (see: Unknown, Non-Stop, Run All Night and upcoming thriller The Commuter), cropped up in conversation amid the ongoing episode of Mtmp, where reporter Jeff Sneider named-dropped as a potential candidate for the gig. It should be noted that this merely indicates that Serra is one of many filmmakers currently populating Warner’s wishlist – you know, assuming Sneider’s sources are sound – which has also made room for Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies), Daniel Espinosa (Life) and Mel Gibson, who is coming hot off the Oscar-nominated war epic, »

- Michael Briers

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Liam Neeson-Fronted Thriller The Commuter Bumped To 2018

23 February 2017 3:04 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

From the moment Pierre Morel’s Taken unlocked a very particular set of skills in Liam Neeson, the actor’s résumé has been a roller-coaster ride of triumphant highs (The Grey) and disappointing lows (Takens 2 and 3). But a patchy record has in no way cooled Neeson’s interest in the action genre, as he’ll soon be back, back, back, as an unassuming insurance salesman for The Commuter.

Pitched as North by Northwest meets Strangers on a TrainJaume Collet-Serra’s high-speed thriller was originally slated for a release in October, but we now have confirmation that The Commuter‘s journey won’t begin in earnest until January 12th, 2018. That’s a date it currently shares with Paramount’s animated flick Sherlock Gnomes, White Boy Rick and The Maze Runner: The Death Cure, which was hit with a delay of its own following Dylan O’Brien’s serious set accident. »

- Michael Briers

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