Hollywood was so flabbergasted and impressed with the box office take of Pierre Morel’s out-of-nowhere Liam Neeson thriller “Taken” that they’ve already inked him to direct another movie that, well, kinda sounds like “Taken”, minus the whole abducted child bit. According to Variety, Morel will next direct an as-yet-untitled spy thriller for Paramount that will involve an “almost retired” CIA operative stationed in Japan who is ordered to carry out a final mission, but ends up in the middle of an International conspiracy instead. My guess is he’ll get the chance to say, “I’m too old for this shit” at least once, or else I’m walking out of the theater.
Oh, and remember that rumor from earlier this year that had Sam Raimi’s production company remaking Zhang Yimou’s “House of Flying Daggers”? To be honest with you, I thought it was something someone made up, that it couldn’t possibly be real. (After all, how do you remake such a Chinese-centric movie like “House of Flying Daggers”?) But guess what: it’s true.
In the same Variety article, they mention that the man currently penning the Pierre Morel CIA thriller recently finished up a draft for a “House of Flying Daggers” remake for Sam Raimi. I still don’t know how the hell you’re going to remake “Flying Daggers”, but apparently that’s not going to stop Raimi and company from trying anyway.
What’s next, Hollywood, a remake of “Drop Dead Fred” with Russell Brand? Uh, nevermind.
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