Paul Haggis to Direct 'Paris' and Rewrite 'Umbra' for Martin Campbell

January 6, 2012
Source: Deadline, THR

Paul Haggis

Over a year ago, The A-Team director Joe Carnahan was slated to direct a new thriller called Umbra for Endgame Entertainment. However, Deadline now reportsan amicable parting of the ways which has resulted from unknown "personal reasons" from Carnahan has now let director Martin Campbell (Casino Royale, Green Lantern) step up to be at the helm of the film which follows a business man who gets a mysterious package in the mail and gets caught up in a government conspiracy. In addition, Crash writer and director Paul Haggis is being brought in to rewrite the drama and has another new project in the works. Read on!

Meanwhile, THR has word that Haggis, who last director the underrated thriller The Next Three Days in 2010, will direct the Canadian film Paris. Details are scarce on the film, but it's described as a political drama from native screenwriter Dawn Kusima who last directed the 2008 documentary After Iraq, which focused on post-traumatic stress disorder amongst soldiers returning from the Iraq War. Coincidentally enough, the film was shot during the making of Haggis' own Iraq War drama In the Valley of Elah, and we've gone full circle. Haggis can be a bit heavy-handed, but he's a consistent talent, and I'm looking forward to seeing how both of these projects pan out over the next year or two.

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