Apr 30, 2009

Tradecraft: Taken Director Stuck On Spies

Variety reports that Taken director Pierre Morel will helm an untitled Tokyo-set spy thriller for Paramount following his second EuropaCorp spy movie, From Paris With Love, which is due out in America next year from Lionsgate. The new film is being written by Frank Baldwin, who's written a few scripts for Paramount and is currently penning a remake of House of Flying Daggers for Sam Raimi at Sony. Of the new project, the trade reveals:
Like Morel's breakout hit Taken, pic will be heavy on action and intrigue. Story follows a CIA operative, stationed in Japan but on the verge of retirement, who is ordered to carry out a final mission. He finds himself caught in the middle of an international conspiracy.
Sounds good to me! I enjoyed Taken immensely, and look forward to any further spy movies Morel decides to undertake.

In related news, Variety also reports that Luc Besson's EuropaCorp (the company behind Taken and From Paris With Love) is developing an English-language remake of the Morel's first movie, District B13, "about an undercover policeman and former criminal trying to infiltrate a gang armed with a neutron bomb." The remake will be titled Brick Mansion. EuropaCorp is also developing an English language remake of their French hit Tell No One with Miramax and Focus Features.

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