Owen Wilson Back to Action and Protecting His Family in 'The Coup'

April 24, 2012
Source: Deadline

Owen Wilson

The last time Owen Wilson starred in anything resembling an action movie was 2004's Starsky & Hutch, but even that was more of a comedy than an action thriller. So we have to go all the way back to 2001's Behind Enemy Lines to remember a time when Wilson was considered a viable star in that realm. According to Deadline, Wilson will make his return to the genre in The Coup, an intense thriller from Devil director John Erick Dowdle. The story follows an American family that moves to Southeast Asia and gets caught up in a violent coup when rebels attack and Wilson will play the father who must protect them in the chaos.

John Erick Dowdle co-wrote the script with his brother Drew, and if you didn't see their M. Night Shyamalan-produced Devil, you may recognize them as the men responsible for Quarantine, the American remake of the first [REC] movie. Say what you will about the overall quality of their filmography - for what it's worth, I enjoyed Quarantine - but these brothers have a clear passion for filmmaking that shines through in their work. I'm excited to see what they can do in a genre that's a bit outside their wheelhouse, and I'm curious to see if Wilson can make the transition smooth from comedy star back into action.

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He does rather well in action, and even though Midnight in Paris was good he needs something to expand his horizons...maybe this project will help. 

Xerxexx on Apr 24, 2012


Just curious Ben, but have you seen [REC]? 

peloquin on Apr 24, 2012


Sorry for the late response - I have not seen [REC] yet, but I've heard it's really solid.

Ben Pearson on May 1, 2012


I was just wondering because everyone I know that has seen both [REC] and Quarantine come out hating Quarantine, but if you only watch the remake then it's a pretty solid flick.  I watched Quarantine first and then went back to watch [REC] and though Quarantine was decent and had my secondary attention while I browsed the web, [REC] had me shivering and clutching my couch by the last scene.  Quarantine plays out as a good thriller with solid performances and a decent script while [REC] is absolutely terrifying.

peloquin on May 1, 2012


Awesome. I'll definitely check it out. Thanks for the [REC]comendation! (Sorry, it was right there.)

Ben Pearson on May 1, 2012


Wilson returning to action at a time when Schwarzenegger, JCVD, and Norris return? In addition, to Stallone and Lundgren who have re-entered the fray? Not to mention the lingering Dwayne Johnson, Diesel, Statham, and tough-guy Neeson?   ..Odds for this guy seem slim, very slim!

Blue Silver on Apr 24, 2012


 Idk.... I wouldnt count him out... I have faith in the guy 😉

LosZombies on Apr 25, 2012


 What's the word?...ah yes ...pencildick...

Don't take it too seriously on Apr 25, 2012


The word actually is:.......needledick! Remember it next time you look in the mirror!

Blue Silver on Apr 25, 2012


Ah, here I thought it was Americans being the villians and the rebels have to defend their homes and themselves. Too close to reality, I suppose..

Whosphoneisthis on Apr 25, 2012

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