Pierre Morel

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The Gunman. Call it a prestige version of Taken. It even has the same director. The difference? In the place of Liam Neeson, The Gunman stars multiple Academy Award winner and very serious actor Sean Penn. Based on the first trailer, released today and presented for your viewing pleasure below, the story seems pretty similar. Penn plays a former killer whose past comes back to haunt him, leaving him with his back to the wall and a gun in his hand. Hard Cut to: he shoots his way out.



The flames are hot here in development hell, and there’s way too much cocaine. Way, way too much. So why wouldn’t we come back? When we first examined 8 Promised Movies That Still Haven’t Been Made, it was an exploration of the complex world of filmmaking where the smallest issue can derail an entire project potentially worth millions. Nervous executives, scheduling conflicts, hangnails. Getting a movie made is a miracle, and even those that get hailed in the press as moving forward are sometimes abandoned. Considering our national grand obsession with hypotheticals, here are 8 more movies we were told would happen that haven’t (including some that won’t).



There’s a lot of talk about so-called “geek properties” and their appeal. Depending on who you believe, anything the nerdy class is into has a pass directly through Hollywood. With that said, Dune is struggling to make it off the ground. Paramount loses the rights to the Frank Herbert classic in Spring of 2011, and they find themselves without a director at the moment. It was all set with Pierre Morel, but apparently the Taken director has taken his talent elsewhere. All in all, it’s starting to look more and more like development of the 1980s version. It just needs to swing through three or four more directors before settling down to a nightmarish shoot. Look for news of its definitive death or complete resurrection soon. This is only one victim of the tangled dance of rights holders and studios, and you owe it to yourself to grumble in frustration/sigh from relief about this situation, and then read the great piece over at Deadline on the subject.



Star Liam Neeson said that there wasn’t a story, and that would be the sticking point, but that he and Besson were meeting to discuss the possibilities and to come up with something viable. Obviously, it’s not set in stone, but that’s nice to hear in a world where a title alone can greenlight a film before story or tone is ever even discussed.



Is anything sexier than a bald John Travolta? How about a bald and cocky John Travolta shooting lots of guns and talking smack?!? Now you have to see this movie… so you may as well try to win your own copy.



Chase Palmer may have zero feature film writing credits under his belt (at least, none that have made it to the big screen yet), but he’s about to get a big one. According to THR, he has been hired by Paramount Pictures to work on the script for the upcoming film Dune.



Shooting great, fast-moving close quarters action isn’t easy. There is a lot of choreography and planning involved, a lot of tricky cinematography and most importantly, a lot of hard editing later. And in order to make a close quarters action scene that really pops, a director has to have the right composer to score it with energy and the right actors to give the scene weight. That said, no one is shooting close quarters action right now quite like Pierre Morel.



Pierre Morel has been tapped to make a new Dune for Paramount. Pressing questions and Max von Sydow references inside.



Lionsgate has released two new posters for the upcoming actioner From Paris with Love, from Taken director Pierre Morel and French uber-producer Luc Besson.



Two of those words in single quotation marks are movie titles. I’ll let you guess which ones. Suspense!



If you remember correctly, back in December we posted an early teaser trailer for the next film from director Pierre Morel, who brought the house down earlier this year with Taken, and to say the least it was laughable. However, this poster is pretty cool.



Pierre Morel (best known to those who still insist on calling them “freedom fries” as the director of Taken) is slated to helm an action/espionage thriller set in Tokyo.



I could probably give you a ten-point list of reasons why you should check out the upcoming suspense thriller Taken. Then again, all I really need is a clip from the film.



Either Fox’s marketing team is getting really, really lazy, or Liam Neeson will be jumping through wormholes into The Matrix in the film Taken. Seriously, what’s with the trench-coat mafia style movie posters?

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published: 01.29.2015
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