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The last time I looked, Phillip Noyce (“Salt”) was long-attached to Relativity’s submarine military actioner “Hunter Killer”. Then he left for something else and Antoine Fuqua was supposed to take over.
Now Fuqua is also gone, and in his place McG has now come onboard to direct. (For now, anyway.)
The former “Charlie’s Angels” and “Terminator Salvation” director will take over the directing gig, which would find Navy SEALs and a submarine crew fighting off Russians:
Based on the novel “Firing Point” by Don Keith and George Wallace, the story follows an untested submarine captain who must work with a Navy SEAL team to rescue Russia’s president, taken prisoner during a military coup. The two sides team to stop a rogue Russian general from igniting World War III.
Names like Sam Worthington and Gerard Butler were also previously thought to be in talks for the film, but they seemed to have swam to other shores.
McG is coming off the thriller “Three Days to Kill” for Luc Besson, and before that directed the really, really pointless “This Means War”. I still don’t know what the hell “This Means War” is supposed to be a year after having seen it.
Anyways, “Hunter Killer” actually really sounds like a great premise for an action movie, and it’s too bad it’s having such a hard time breaking the surface. (Get it? Cause it’s a submarine-set thriller? Ahem.)
Via : Variety