Posted on Friday, September 7th, 2018 by Fred Topel
Peppermint is the fifth movie Pierre Morel has directed, but “from the director of Taken” will likely follow him forever. The landmark action film turned acclaimed Oscar-nominee Liam Neeson into an action hero just as prolific than Schwarzenegger and Stallone in their day.
Now, Morel is trying to do the same with Jennifer Garner. When drug dealers murder Riley North’s family, the legal system fails her. So she returns five years later to take out the cartel and the corrupt system.
Morel spoke with /Film by phone on his way to record the DVD commentary for Peppermint. He talked about the film’s action style, its take on revenge, and concerns that a villainous Mexican cartel would perpetuate negative stereotypes. Peppermint is in theaters now.
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Finally, someone decided to stop casting Jennifer Garner as suburban moms and let her kick some ass in an action role again. Garner stars in Peppermint, a new action-thriller from Taken director Pierre Morel. Garner plays a woman out for justice after waking up from a coma to find her family murdered. Watch the Peppermint trailer below.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 by Angie Han
It’ll be at least a couple years before Taken 4 comes out — if it ever does come out — but while we wait, The Gunman might be able to tide you over. Directed by Pierre Morel (of the first Taken), The Gunman stars Sean Penn as Jim Terrier, a former Special Forces soldier and military contractor suffering from PTSD.
All he wants is to reconnect with his love, but circumstances get in the way. He has information that has certain very dangerous people wanting him dead, and he goes on a globe-trotting mission to clear his name. Watch The Gunman international trailer after the jump. Read More »
Don’t worry, not *that* The Killer. While someone will eventually remake John Woo’s Hong Kong film of the same name, this is about Pierre Morel (District B13, Taken) directing an adaptation of the Victor the Assassin book series by Tom Wood. The first book in the series was released as The Killer in the US (it’s called The Hunter in the UK) and follows — see if this makes sense — an assassin named Victor. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 by Angie Han
Aging action stars are a pretty common sight nowadays, whether it’s Liam Neeson in Taken, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Expendables, or Bruce Willis in everything. But Sean Penn? Who’d have thought?
Though the actor’s never demonstrated much interest in heading up his own action franchise, he’s set to do just that with Pierre Morel‘s The Gunman. Penn stars as a soldier trying to escape his violent past — a process which, naturally, involves still more violence. Get the first glimpse at his beefed-up, gun-toting character after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, June 14th, 2013 by Angie Han
Fans of The Wire have long insisted that Idris Elba was destined for A-list stardom — indeed, that in a just world, he’d be a household name already. And while he’s not quite there yet, he seems to be inching closer and closer.
His latest new gig, in the politcally inclined action-thriller Gunman, puts him in the company of director Pierre Morel (Taken) and stars Sean Penn and Javier Bardem. Jasmine Trinca was also recently added to the cast. Hit the jump to learn more about their roles.
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The Transporter cinematographer and District B13 director Pierre Morel broke big with Taken and then retreated back to the action cheese of From Paris With Love. But next he’ll direct an unexpected actor in a new action/thriller. Sean Penn is now set to star in Morel’s adaptation of the thriller novel Prone Gunman.
Peter Travis (Dredd) adapts the 1981 novel by the late Jean-Patrick Manchette. The film version of the tale will feature a covert op who is betrayed and must rely on his skills to survive as he is hunted across Europe. The direction of Morel makes this seem like it could have more in common with Penn’s work in Gangster Squad than the more serious work the actor has delved into for many years. But if the film holds true to the book it could be a bit more unusual. Read More »
Posted on Monday, October 22nd, 2012 by Angie Han
There’s a lot of new stuff to get through in today’s TV Bits, so let’s get right to it. After the jump:
- AMC and Dish settle legal dispute; AMC resumes airing on Dish
- Why The Walking Dead ended up at AMC instead of HBO or NBC
- NBC euthanizes Animal Practice and brings back Whitney
- Louis C.K. lines up his Saturday Night Live hosting debut
- Taken director Pierre Morel will work on NBC pilot After Hours
- Pitch Perfect helmer Jason Moore will direct ABC’s Trophy Wife
- Brendan Fraser heads to TNT for the drama pilot Legends
- Andy Samberg joins Mike Schur and Dan Goor‘s new comedy
- Craig Robinson lands the lead in Greg Daniels‘ NBC sitcom
- Arrested Development re-hires Carl Weathers, gets a documentary
- Check out Dany, Ser Jorah, and more on Game of Thrones‘ Qarth set
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Posted on Wednesday, October 26th, 2011 by Angie Han
Ken Jeong has built up a respectable career as a supporting actor, most notably on NBC’s Community and the Hangover films, but for his next movie role he’ll be moving a little closer to the spotlight. Jeong is set to star in and produce The Chung Factor, which landed on the 2005 Black List back when it was titled The Ex-Factor. Andy Selsor‘s screenplay revolves around a nice guy who falls in love with a woman, but begins to worry he’ll screw things up and employs an “offbeat” relationship coach (Jeong). Unfortunately, said coach turns out to be the woman’s ex, who wants to win her back and is actively trying to ruin the nice guy’s chances.
It’s great to see the talented and funny Jeong nabbing some bigger parts, but I kind of wish he’d chosen to play the romantic lead. The villain here sounds like he fits a little too comfortably into Jeong’s repertoire of mean weirdos — it would’ve been nice to see him stretch a bit more. [The Wrap]
After the jump, Daenerys Targaryen considers joining Éomer and Prince Caspian as they steal cars in France, while Katheryn Winnick nabs a starring role opposite America’s Trainwreck Charlie Sheen.
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Briefly: Taken director Pierre Morel is following Luc Besson in to the action thriller producing game, and he’s got his first effort set up, with everyone’s new favorite actor on board. Overdrive is about a couple of handsome car thieves, and will star Alex Pettyfer and Matthew Goode. Antonio Negret, who directed Transit for producer Joel Silver, will direct. Read More »