Liam Neeson seems intent on making money off his somewhat-newly-minted role as Hollywood’s Only Action Star, as Deadline Hollywood reports that the actor has now signed on to star in the Brad Ingelsby-penned Run All Night.
Warner Bros. is also reportedly negotiating with with director Jaume Collet-Sera to helm the project. Neeson and Collet-Sera are currently filming Non-Stop together, that Neeson-as-air-marshal actioner that sounds like a ton of fun, though obviously the merits of the resulting project remain to be seen. The real fly in the ointment? The lackluster Unknown, the pair’s first team up from 2011, which disappointed audiences eager to embrace a post-Taken Neeson. As long as they don’t bring Unknown co-star January Jones on board for Run All Night, we should be just fine.
The story of Run All Night seems to be relatively straightforward, so hopefully it’s got some tricks up its sleeve. Neeson will star as “a mob hitman who, in a single night, is forced to take on his former boss. The guy has to protect his son and family, and winds up on the run from the mob and the authorities with his estranged son.” Sounds kind of basic, but fun, and just the type of project that Neeson can make his own.
Ingelsby is a real rising star in the screenwriting game right now – he wrote the Scott Cooper-directed Out of the Furnace, penned that Carey Mulligan-starring thriller Hold On To Me, has been tapped to pen the U.S. remake of The Raid, and is also writing the script for a Mark Wahlberg-attached Point Blank.
Run All Night should start filming this fall.