Thomas Jane Joins John McTiernan's Run
Any Die Hard fans out there? If so, then you'll be excited to hear this news. Die Hard's first director, John McTiernan (pictured above), who created arguably the best action film ever made, is back again with another action flick, this time it's one called Run. McTiernan has directed quite a number of action films over the years, but since 1999 with The Thomas Crown Affair, hasn't really been in the spotlight. He's returning with a fairly low-budget (only $35 million) action flick that Thomas Jane (not pictured) just signed on to star in. Ready to hear what Run is all about?
Run is your typical run-of-the-mill (no pun intended) action movie about an American Interpol agent that happens upon a conspiracy during a thrills-and-spills high-speed pursuit across Argentina. The film's producer, Michael Pierce, describes it as, "an exciting thriller, which just happens to unravel as cars chase each other at over 120 mph." In the capable hands of John McTiernan, who usually pulls of great one-time action movies, this seems like it could be fairly awesome.
The film is being produced independently by Arclight Films, and the company's head, Gary Hamilton, put an additional exciting sales spin on Run. "This is an unrelenting action-thriller in true McTiernan style, creating acrobatic mayhem in exotic locales. BMW has come onboard to provide the cars, and Roush Performance is designing a Super Mustang for the film, setting up what will be a spectacular vehicle stunt-action chase movie."
This sounds like it could actually turn out pretty fun. Considering McTiernan's track record, at least before 2000, he usually puts out great one-timer action movies no matter what the budget is. With Run, it sounds like $35 million is perfectly enough considering they're shooting in Argentina, which I'm guessing costs vastly less than anywhere in the US or Canada. And Thomas Jane usually does a great job, whether it's horror (The Mist) or action (The Punisher). This will definitely be a movie to keep my eye on over the next year or so.
Another interesting thing to note - McTiernan actually went to jail for four months for "lying to federal agents" last September. He was one of seven defendants who pleaded guilty in connection with the conspiracy and racketeering case of Anthony Pellicano, who was charged with illegally wiretapping dozens of Hollywood celebrities and movie executives. If you're curious to read more, head over to SlashFilm.
John McTiernan previously directed Predator, Die Hard, The Hunt for Red October, Last Action Hero, Die Hard: With a Vengeance, The 13th Warrior, The Thomas Crown Affair, Rollerball, and Basic. Karl Urban has also been cast in Run alongside of Jane. Run begins filming on April 14th on location in Argentina.