‘Warrior’ Director Gavin O’Connor to Slay You With ‘The Samurai’

If I told you a couple years ago that a movie about two MMA-fighting, down-on-their-luck brothers who inexplicably enter into a professional fighting tournament and subsequently beat all of the best in the world to face each other in the finals was really good and you should check it out, you probably would have looked at me like I was stupid. But then Warrior came out, and it had Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton in it, so we checked it out despite the ridiculous premise, and it actually turned out to be a fine little film. It’s funny how the world works.

While the performances were definitely my favorite part of Warrior, I must admit that the movie had a subtle touch when dealing with potentially cheesy material, and that went a long way toward keeping me along for the ride. Credit for that, and the casting for that matter, has to be largely given to director Gavin O’Connor. So now this guy finds himself on my radar. I’m going to be following whatever he does next very closely.

And according to Deadline Suffolk, the next thing he’s going to be doing is a movie called The Samurai, which he co-wrote with Michael J. Wilson and has sold as a spec script to Warner Bros. for six figures and change.

The movie sounds like an action packed, globe hopping adventure about a guy named Townes Joyce. He’s a prisoner in a Texas jail when the movie begins, but then he escapes and finds himself the focus of a manhunt that goes from Texas, to Costa Rica, to Colombia, to Paris, and back to the U.S. Oh, and also he picks up a woman and her child along the way. That’s how we know he has a heart of gold.

The Samurai kind of sounds like a generic action movie from the description, but now that I am hip to the skills of Mr. O’Connor, I’ll be eagerly awaiting some more information. If he’s able to get Hardy to join up as this Joyce character, I might even upgrade my anticipation to officially excited.

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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