James McTeigue Directing Ninja Assassin with Wachowski's Next
Australian filmmaker James McTeigue (picture above, left) already has his next film lined up. You may remember a little movie that McTeigue and Larry and Andy Wachowski did together back in 2006 named V for Vendetta? The Wachowski Brothers and McTeigue are teaming up again for a movie named Ninja Assassin, but unfortunately there are no plot details yet (damn!). However, South Korean pop star Rain has been cast in a leading role in the film, which already starts shooting in March!
Rain, who's real name is Jung Ji-hoon, has a supporting role in the Wachowksi's upcoming Speed Racer flick and is also the lead in Park Chan-wook's I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK. Ninja Assassin will be shooting under the direction of McTeigue in Berlin from March to July. It sounds like they're probably shooting in the same studios that Speed Racer shot in, given the Wachowski's filmed that movie in Berlin as well and wrapped quite recently.
I wish there was more to tell you about this project, but unfortunately it just came out of nowhere and these are the only details known about it. I didn't want to skip this news because I think V for Vendetta was one of the great comic book movies ever made and I think McTeiguen is a very capable director. He only needs a second opportunity to show us how good he truly is and I hope this is it. I'm really hoping this is a surprise hit that will remain quiet until we see the first trailer sometime early next year. My first thought is that Ninja Assassin doesn't sound too good, but don't judge a book by its cover and here I'm not going to try and judge this movie based on its title alone.