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John McTiernan has agreed to direct the action thriller “Shrapnel”. The script by Evan Daugherty made the 2008 Black List of the best unproduced scripts floating around. Paul Bruels of Belgian production and finance company Corsan, and Anthony Rhulen of LA based FilmEngine, will produce the picture. The “storyline revolves around two war veterans who hunt each other in a deadly game of cat and mouse.”
When McTiernan signed on all of the financing and such fell into place, and everything started to move forward. But McTiernan also has a whole mess of legal problems at the moment, and it is unclear how that will impact the production. In July he plead guilty to making false statements to law enforcement officers in the Anthony Pellicano wiretapping case, and he is set to be sentenced on October 4th.
McTiernan hasn’t headed a movie since 2003’s “Basic”, which was questionable at best, and sure, he remade “Rollerball”. But on the other hand, he is directly responsible for “Die Hard”, “Die Hard: With A Vengeance”, and “Predator”, so I’m willing to overlook an occasional “The 13th Warrior” if it gets me a couple of “Die Hards”. So I for one will remain optimistic until evidence proves I should be otherwise.