I’m sure that some of you think that Liam Neeson is a great actor, but you’d be wrong. He’s actually not an actor, he’s a genre unto himself. Also a verb and an adjective.
He’s currently busy filming his latest Neeson movie, Non-Stop, but it looks like next he’ll be Neesoning some unfortunate mobsters – who want to kill him and his son – right in the pancreas. It will probably be so damn NEESON!
The All Nighter (aka Run All Night) was a spec script which was sold to Warner Bros back in January already, but it’s been sitting on the shelf ever since. It was written by then relatively unknown writer Brad Inglesby, who has since turned his 2008 script The Low Dweller into the apparently white-hot script to Scott “Crazy Heart“Cooper’s Out of the Furnace, which stars Christian Bale, Zoe Saldana and Casey Affleck. He also landed a lucrative 6 figure deal earlier in the year from studio Indian Paintbrush for The Signal, a family orientated sci-fi pitch, and he’ll be the man penning the American remake of Indonesian martial arts spectacular (and easily one of the greatest action movies I’ve ever seen) The Raid.
So yeah, definitely a name to keep an eye on. And now The Wrap reports that his long delayed crime thriller has attracted the attention of the most badass father in cinematic history, Liam Neeson, who is apparently already in negotiations to star.
The script – or as I like to call it, Liam Neeson’s Battle Plan – follows “an aging hit man who, in order to protect his wife and son, must take on his former boss in a single night. He then winds up on the run from the mob and the authorities with his estranged son.” And if any of that sounds familiar, that’s because the “mob hit man taking his son on the run” angle was already covered pretty well in Sam Mendes’ 2002 adaptation of Road to Perdition.
But you’re forgetting one major difference: That was a crime drama, this is a Neeson! There are no other cast or crew attached to the film at this point, but looking at the type of talent and buzz that Inglesby’s other scripts are attracting, those gaps could get filled out by some top tier folks.
Last Updated: November 20, 2012