Lawrence Block

Universal Pictures

Liam Neeson‘s been on a bit of an action-star tear since striking gold with 2008′s Taken, but who can blame him? The guy turns 62 years old in a few days, and if he wants to kick ass and take names a few more times before starring in a Grumpy Old Men remake (with Harrison Ford, obviously) more power to him. Of course, he could stand to be a bit pickier with his choices — for every Taken and Non-Stop we also get a Taken 2 and an Unknown – and it’s on that note that we get our first look at the trailer for his latest film. A Walk Among the Tombstones just might be the best entry in Neeson’s late career renaissance. It certainly looks the best anyway, and it’s also based on a source material of genuinely higher quality than the usual script from Luc Besson’s Goofy Action Factory. The film is based on Lawrence Block‘s novel, one of thirteen with the recurring character of Matt Scudder. Neeson plays the ex-cop turned alcoholic private investigator in director Scott Frank‘s film, and the result looks pretty damn fantastic. Check out the first trailer for A Walk Among the Tombstones below.

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There is absolutely no place for kidnappers in the world as long as Liam Neeson is still around. After jump-starting his new career as movie badass for hire with Taken (soon to be followed by Taken 2: More Takener), Neeson has a found a nice little niche for his work when he’s not busy being nominated for Oscars and stuff. That niche? Ass-kicking bad dudes (and, on occasion, bad wolves). And, in Neeson’s cinematic world, there is no one as bad as kidnappers. Coming out of Cannes is the news that will star in A Walk Among the Tombstones, a film about a guy who (guess what!) goes after some nasty kidnappers. Seriously, kidnappers, put away your duct tape and tiny little magazine letters, it’s over for you. Scott Frank (who wrote Out of Sight, Get Shorty, and Minority Report, and made his directing debut with The Lookout) will write and direct the film, which is based on Lawrence Block‘s “Matt Scudder” book series. There are currently seventeen Scudder books, so if the film is a success, it could swiftly turn into a new franchise. The film is described as such: “Formerly a cop with the NYPD, now an unlicensed private eye and a recovering alcoholic haunted by past mistakes, Matt Scudder is hired to find the kidnapped wife of a drug dealer.  He operates just outside the law where the police don’t go to track down the kidnappers, who he discovers have been involved in multiple kidnappings and brutal […]

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