Director John McTiernan is Helming Action Thriller 'Shrapnel'
by Ethan Anderton
September 10, 2010
The man who once directed such fine action thrillers as Die Hard and The Hunt for Red October hasn't had much of a directing career over the past decade. Of course, no filmmaker wants their last two films to be the remake disaster Rollerball or the convoluted military drama Basic, so John McTiernan is getting back in the director's chair. Variety reports that McTiernan has signed on to direct yet another action thriller with Shrapnel, the story of two war veterans who hunt each other in a deadly game of cat and mouse. Sounds simple enough, and the good news is the Evan Daugerty written script appeared on the Black List in 2008.
Despite the fact that his last two movies were duds, I've actually enjoyed a majority of his other films which also include: The Thomas Crown Affair, Predator, Die Hard with a Vengeance and The Last Action Hero (I'm pretty sure I'm one out of only a dozen people who actually enjoy that flick). Producer Anthony Rhulen (CEO of the FilmEngine banner) stated: "From the first time we read Evan's script, we believed we had the makings of a hit action film. With John McTiernan involved, the financing fell into place, and we expect to announce casting very soon." However, a legal entanglement may keep McTiernan from starting right away as he awaits sentencing after he pled guilty in July to making false statements to law enforcement officials when he was questioned during their investigation into Hollywood private detective Anthony Pellicano.
After seeing both Harry Brown and Taken, it would be awesome to see Michael Caine and Liam Neeson face off against each other, but I'm not sure how old these veterans are supposed to be. Ever since I saw Face-Off at a very young age (hell yea!), I've always had a special place in the testosterone-fueled part of my heart for big one-on-one battles to the death, so I'm anxious to see who signs up for the fight this time. We'll continue to keep you posted on this project since it sounds like casting news is just around the corner. Sound good?