Pierre Morel Helming Tokyo Action Thriller for Paramount
by Alex Billington
April 27, 2009
With Taken earning a tremendous $143 million at the box office since January, director Pierre Morel has quickly become a highly sought after director, even in Hollywood. He's already got one film in the can, called From Paris with Love staring John Travolta (we featured a trailer for it back in December) that Lionsgate will bring to US theaters on February 19th, 2010. But what else is on Morel's plate? We've heard some rumors about Taken 2 being written, but that might not be ready for a while. Instead, Paramount has just acquire an untitled Tokyo-set thriller that will be developed as a directing vehicle for Pierre Morel.
The script for the thriller, which I think might be formerly known as Tokyo Underworld, is being written by Frank Baldwin, who has written a few unproduced screenplays. The story follows a CIA operative, stationed in Japan but on the verge of retirement, who is ordered to carry out a final mission. He finds himself caught in the middle of an international conspiracy. The film will be heavy on action and intrigue, a lot like Taken, which is obvious considering everyone in Hollywood wants that same success. I never saw District B13, but I think Morel has quite a bit of directing talent, and can't wait to see From Paris with Love as well.