Jaume Collet-Serra previously directed Liam Neeson in the “Taken” meets “Bourne Identity” movie “Unknown” (a film that was decent, if overly familiar), and now seems poised to direct Neeson once again in “Non-Stop”, the “contained” action movie that would find Neeson playing an air marshal on a plane who must save the day. He should definitely get an extra bag of peanuts for that.
Collet-Serra has been pretty busy post-“Unknown”, and at one time was even attached to direct the “Akira” live-action movie for Warner Bros. before that movie went down the drain due to budget reasons, though I suspect it was more the fact that the studio gave up on making it happen. And he was also rumored to be directing Russell Crowe in the “Dracula” re-imagining “Harker”, but that’s just a rumor, so who knows.
“Non-stop” looks and sounds like Hollywood is getting back into the “Die Hard in a … [insert your vehicle/location of choice here]” genre that started with John McClane in the ’80s. Putting a badass with a gun on a plane to stop bad guys is nothing new. Harrison Ford did it as the President of the United States in “Air Force One”, and Wesley Snipes saved the day in “Passenger 57”.
The only way they could make “Non-Stop” original is turn it into a supernatural/horror movie or something, though nothing as campy as the Samuel L. Jackson movie “Snakes on a Plane”, obviously. (Then again, Takashi Shimizu is already doing that with “7500”.) From everything I’ve heard, this looks to be a pretty standard action movie, probably with a twist or two.
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