Patrick Alessandrin is Taking Over 'Protection' with Clive Owen
It was last May that ScreenDaily gave us word that Simon West (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Con-Air) would be directing Protection starring Paul Walker as a disgraced former Special Forces soldier who takes on Mexican gangs in an attempt to rescue a judge’s daughter. Now that we've reminded you, go ahead and toss all that information out the window as Production Weekly has posted an update via Twitter saying that this action flick, scripted by newcomer Brandon Noonan, will now be helmed by director Patrick Alessandrin (District 13: Ultimatum) with Clive Owen set to take on ruthless Mexican gangsters in place of Walker.
While I will contend that Clive Owen is certainly an upgrade from Paul Walker, I can't say his involvement gets me anymore excited for such a generic concept. Honestly, Clive Owen has never really impressed me. I find him bland, emotionless and saying Children of Men is his best performance isn't saying much (despite the fact I love that flick to no end). However, all he's done in action movies is just protect things, so this sounds right up his alley. Alessandrin's involvement also makes things intriguing since he's the director they used to follow up Pierre Morel's District 13 and Morel went on to direct last year's surprise action hit Taken. Maybe Alessandrin can keep following in his footsteps and come up with a decent action flick. Thoughts?