Posted on Thursday, May 29th, 2014 by Russ Fischer
It seems like a film adaptation of Lawrence Block‘s novel A Walk Among the Tombstones has been in the offing for a very long time. We’ve seen Block’s Matt Scudder character on film before, played by Jeff Bridges in Eight Million Ways to Die. But now Liam Neeson takes on the character for an adaptation of Block’s 1992 novel. Scott Frank directs, and this adaptation looks as if it will be very faithful to the tone and grim purpose of Block’s novel. It’s pretty bleak stuff, with Neeson-as-Scudder hired to help a less than upstanding guy find the men who killed his wife. Watch the trailer below.
Thanks to Taken, we’re now used to seeing Neeson in action roles. But this is something different — there’s more vulnerability here for him, even as the story is pretty rough and tumble.
A Walk Among the Tombstones opens on September 19. Apple has the trailer.
Based on Lawrence Block’s bestselling series of mystery novels, A Walk among the Tombstones stars Liam Neeson as Matt Scudder, an ex-NYPD cop who now works as an unlicensed private investigator operating just outside the law. When Scudder reluctantly agrees to help a heroin trafficker (Dan Stevens) hunt down the men who kidnapped and then brutally murdered his wife, the PI learns that this is not the first time these men have committed this sort of twisted crime…nor will it be the last. Blurring the lines between right and wrong, Scudder races to track the deviants through the backstreets of New York City before they kill again. Written and directed by Scott Frank (The Lookout), A Walk among the Tombstones is produced by Jersey Films’ Danny DeVito, Double Feature Films’ Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher, Exclusive Media’s Tobin Armbrust and Cross Creek Pictures’ Brian Oliver. Universal will distribute the film in North America.