Ethan Hawke Reteams with 'Gattaca' Director for Drone Pilot Thriller
by Ethan Anderton
October 24, 2013
Though his most recent endeavor, The Host with Saoirse Ronan, might have been a misstep, whenever director Andrew Niccol puts a sci-fi film together, it's rife with social commentary. Most definitely his best film is Gattaca with star Ethan Hawke, and even their collaboration on Lord of War wasn't half bad. Now Niccol and Hawke will get together for a third time with a new untitled thriller. This one seems bound to have some social commentary as well since it follows Hawke as a fighter pilot who ends up becoming a drone pilot based out of Las Vegas, fighting the Taliban terrorists by remote control for 12 hours a day.
But when the job is over, and he's done killing terrorists by way of a remote control weapon, he heads home and deals with all the suburban problems of a man with a wife and kids. Of course, Hawke eventually begins questioning whether his job is actually doing any good, believing he might be creating more terrorists by killing others, continuing to prolong a war that doesn't seem to end. Yeah, that sounds a bit familiar. This has been a solid year for Hawke with the stellar Before Midnight and The Purge, so we'll see if this new film can keep his streak alive. The film stars shooting in February and will be sold at the American Film Market.