Eric Bana Attached to Paranormal Police Thriller 'Beware the Night'
A couple months ago, Sinister director Scott Derrickson signed on to direct a police thriller called Beware the Night that has a supernatural twist. Rumor had it that Mark Wahlberg passed on the lead role of a detective in New York City who investigates real life werewolves, demon possessions, and exorcisms, and we wondered if Sinister star Ethan Hawke would take over once Derrickson came aboard. But it looks like they're going in a different direction, as Variety reports that Troy and Munich star Eric Bana is in negotiations for the part. Not only that, but mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer is producing the film, too.
Derrickson and co-writer Paul Boardman were apparently given the first go at writing the script years ago, and the project bounced around to other writers like David Ayer (Training Day) and Bryan Bertino (The Strangers) before returning to them when Derrickson scored the directing gig. That duo has also written the upcoming Devil's Knot, the story of the West Memphis 3 starring Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon, so it will be interesting to see how they go from adapting real events with that story into something totally fantastical with Beware the Night.
Bana is an inspired casting choice. Despite starring in a lot of solid films, he's never really broken out as a true A-list actor, so maybe headlining a smaller genre piece like this is a better career move for him. (I completely forgot that Ang Lee's Hulk movie existed until right now, so that tells you how much of a long lasting impact he left in that role.) But as I'm sure you've all noticed, most of Bruckheimer's films all share a very distinct Prince of Persia look to them, so I'm wondering if he'll back off and let Derrickson and his team create a real atmosphere with this project, or if he'll continue to dictate the look of the picture. Interested?
Reader Feedback - 3 Comments
the story sounds really interesting, but afraid Bruckheimer might ruin it with his mega blockbuster touch like the rest of his films.
truong18 on Nov 13, 2012
I really enjoy the concept being presented with this film as long as it is presented in the right tone. A dark, eerie film noir setting would be much more enjoyable then a slick Bruckheimer fueled action romp. I can very much see Bana playing a gritty, irascible detective being worn down by the horrors he must contend with while still doing what is required of him to be that barrier between humanity and the paranormal. I'll keep an eye open towards this project in the future.
Thexn on Nov 13, 2012
He was great recently in Deadfall so I really look forward to seeing what he can do with this.
Matt Peloquin on Nov 13, 2012
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