Joe Wright to Direct New Action-Adventure Thriller 'Hanna'
by Alex Billington
November 17, 2009
Director Joe Wright is switching genres once again. Heat Vision announces that Joe Wright is in talks to direct Focus Features' new action-adventure thriller titled Hanna. Wright last directed The Soloist as well as Atonement and Pride & Prejudice before that. Hanna is described as similar in tone to La Femme Nikita as well as the ever-popular Bourne movies. Newcomer Seth Lochhead wrote the script that was also revised by David Farr (of BBC's "MI-5" series). This will be Wright's very next project, not the originally slated adaptation of Indian Summer, which was put on hold due to rising budget concerns. Read on for the plot.
The story in Hanna centers on a 14-year-old Eastern European girl who has been raised by her father to be a cold-blooded killing machine. She connects with a French family, forms a friendship with their daughter and goes through the pangs of adolescence. When the girl is later dragged back to her father's world and discovers that she was bred as a killing machine in a CIA prison camp, she must fight her way to a free life. That plot doesn't sound as promising as I had originally hoped, but I've been waiting for Wright to get into a more action-centric project like this. I'm looking forward to seeing what his take will look like. Thoughts?