'Taken' Director Pierre Morel to Direct 'Victor the Assassin' Adaptation
Since revitalizing and reshaping the career of Liam Neeson with Taken, director Pierre Morel hasn't really done much to write home about. There was From Paris with Love, which had its moments, but it was hardly a success. There's a chance he might deliver something cool with The Gunman, starring Sean Penn, which arrives in February of 2015, but we can't be sure since we've yet to see a trailer. But the film must have gone well since THR reports Morel is reteaming with its producers, Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman from The Picture Company, for an adaptation of Tom Wood's Victor the Assassin book series. More below!
Studiocanal is behind the project that will adapt The Killer (or The Hunter in the United Kingdom), the first book in the series, for the big screen. Not unlike Jack Reacher or Jack Ryan, the book series follows the same character: Victor, a mysterious, quick-witted and charismatic gun for hire whose conscience begins to catch up with him and as a result puts him at odds with his employers. It doesn't sounds like anything special, but there's been a lot of praise for the main character and non-stop action (which is something Morel should have fun with). There's a good chance this could be the first in a film series, so whichever actor ends up with the role could be looking at their own franchise. Cool?