Posted on Monday, April 27th, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
Paramount Pictures has acquired and is developing an Untitled Tokyo-Set Thriller for director Pierre Morel. The film tells the story of a CIA operative stationed in Japan who is ordered to carry out one final mission before he retires from service. Of course, the agent finds himself “caught in the middle of an international conspiracy.”
Baldwin wrote Phillip Noyce’s The Art of Making Money and When Corruption Was King for Paramount, and also adapted a remake of The House of Flying Daggers for Sam Raimi at Sony. Baldwin is also scheduled to make his feature directorial debut with an adaptation of Tokyo Underworld: The Fast Times and Hard Life of an American Gangster in Japan for Warner Bros. So he knows something about the setting.
Morel started as a director of photography, working on The Transporter. He made a name for himself as a filmmaker, helming the Luc Besson-produced parkour action film District B13. Morel crossed over to US audiences with the 2008 French action thriller Taken, which has grossed over $218 million worldwide.