In advance of the American Film Market, LionsGate has picked up US distribution rights to three films: Dredd (based on the Judge Dredd comics), Safe and Protection. All three films are from financing/sales company IM Global. Info on all three films is after the break. Read More »

Simon West to Direct Protection with Dwayne Johnson


The action thriller Protection was once to have starred Paul Walker, then Clive Owen before he bowed out and Dwayne Johnson stepped in. Now, after the actor’s shuffle, it has a new director. But the new director is actually the old director: Simon West, who was on the project when Walker was the star, then exited, has returned to direct the film. Read More »


The ‘special forces soldier versus Mexican gangs’ action film Protection has gone through a lot of changes. Originally to be directed by Simon West, the film got a new director in District 13: Ultimatum helmer Patrick Alessandrin. Paul Walker was originally the lead, then he was replaced by Clive Owen. Now the film has a new lead and needs a new director.

Dwayne Johnson is now attached to star in Protection, and Allessandrin has left the project, with no one yet replacing him. Brandon Noonan‘s script is still in play; it follows ” a disgraced former Special Forces soldier who takes on a Mexican cartel in an attempt to rescue and protect a judge’s 21 year-old daughter, who has been targeted by the cartel for agreeing to testify against one of its members after she witnesses her father’s murder.” Given all the movement on this one, it’s hard to believe we’ll see it any time soon, but I wouldn’t mind seeing Johnson do an actual action movie for a change. [The Wrap]

After the break, a host of actors for Goodnight Moon (not based on the kids’ bedtime book) and Emma Roberts does Homework. Read More »


According to the latest twitter actions of Production Weekly, it’s been all change both behind and in front of the camera with action drama Protection. Luckily for us, they’re both changes for the better with original director Simon West out in favour of B:13 Ultimatum‘s Patrick Alessandrin and Paul Walker traded in for Clive Owen (the old line-up’s details were published by Screen Daily around the time of Cannes last year).

The new team are still working from Brandon Noonan‘s script, about which I know very little. Screen say that the lead character is “a disgraced former Special Forces soldier who takes on Mexican gangs in an attempt to rescue a judge’s daughter.”

It’s just the talent that makes this interesting for me so far. Will Alessandrin follow in the sure footsteps of his B:13 predecessor Pierre Morel? And how will Clive Owen do as an action man in something presumably less cartoony than Shoot ‘Em Up? Expect to see this marketed as a kind of Taken Too.