Get it? Because Pierre Morel was the director on the surprise hit “Taken”? Yeah, sorry, had to do it. Anyways. French director Pierre Morel, a wanted man nowadays thanks to the runaway success of the Liam Neeson revenge picture, has signed on to direct the spy thriller “Signals”. This, after he’s signed on to direct the actioner “Pursuit” for Universal, and has the Luc Besson-produced film “From Paris with Love” scheduled out in 2010.
Based on an original screenplay by Richard Potter and Matthew Stravitz, “Signals” is expected to be along the lines of the 1970s paranoid thriller “Three Days of the Condor” (below), though the film’s exact plot remains a secret. Why, I haven’t a clue, but I guess keeping something a secret in Hollywood is like being the hot girl who refuses to date anyone, despite clearly dressing up to be noticed. Everyone’s all captivated by her mystery and beauty — at least, until she’s found in the alley humping some dirty hippie. But I digress.
Morel will direct “Signals” for Media Rights Capital, who was so taken with the script they pre-emptively bought it earlier in April, and is now fast-tracking the production. Of course, they may have to wait anyway, because Morel has, as mentioned, “Pursuit” at Universal and an untitled Tokyo-set thriller at Paramount waiting for him. Did I mention Morel is a wanted man nowadays?