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‘Victor the Assassin’ Movie Gets ‘Taken’ Director Pierre Morel

‘Victor the Assassin’ Movie Gets ‘Taken’ Director Pierre Morel

Taken filmmaker Pierre Morel has signed on to direct The Killer for StudioCanal, an adaptation of Tom Wood's (a.k.a. Tom Hinshelwood) novel of the same name.

StudioCanal has acquired all of the novels in Tom Wood's Victor the Assassin series, with The Killer set to be the first adaptation. The book centers on an assassin with no last name who is double-crossed after an assignment in Paris, as he is chased around the world by intelligence agencies, rival assassins and the authorities.

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‘Taken’ Director Pierre Morel Signs on for ‘The Prone Gunman’

‘Taken’ Director Pierre Morel Signs on for ‘The Prone Gunman’

French director Pierre Morel has inked a deal to helm an upcoming adaptation of Jean-Patrick Manchette's crime novel The Prone Gunman.

Sean Penn is set to star as Martin Terrier, who wants to leave his life as a gun for hire behind him. After attempting to settle down with his childhood sweet heart, the organization he formerly worked for pulls him back into a life of crime. Jean-Patrick Manchette wrote the story, which was translated by James Brooks.

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Pierre Morel to Direct ‘The Hitman's Bodyguard’

Pierre Morel to Direct ‘The Hitman's Bodyguard’

Taken director Pierre Morel is in negotiations to take the helm on The Hitman's Bodyguard for Skydance Productions.

Tom O'Connor wrote the screenplay, which landed on the 2011 Black List. The story centers on a protection agent who is assigned to escort a hitman to The Hague, where he will testify against a war criminal.

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‘Bastille Day’ Lands Director Pierre Morel

Taken director Pierre Morel has signed on for Bastille Day, which is being produced by Vendome Pictures and Anonymous Content.

Andrew Baldwin wrote the screenplay, which centers on an aging CIA agent and an American artist living in Paris, who must team up to stop an upcoming attack on the City of Lights. It is said that Vendome bought the project on spec, after Andrew Baldwin developed the script with Anonymous Content.

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Antonio Negret and Pierre Morel Team for ‘Overdrive’

Colombian director Antonio Negret has signed on to direct the Pierre Morel-produced high-voltage action thriller Overdrive, in which Alex Pettyfer and Matthew Goode are in talks to star.

The $29.6 million film centers on a pair of handsome and adventurous brothers, known for being high-profile car thieves, who travel to the South of France looking for new challenges and come across a tough local crime boss.

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Pierre Morel to Direct ‘EDF’

French director Pierre Morel has signed on to direct Warner Bros.' alien invasion action film EDF, for Sam Raimi and Bill Block's QED International, according to Variety.

Known for directing Taken, Pierre Morel was also recently in talks to direct Universal's Ouija, but is no longer a candidate for the project.

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Pierre Morel Eyeing ‘Ouija’ and ‘EDF’

French director Pierre Morel is looking for his next directorial project, and Heat Vision is reporting it might be supernatural thriller Ouija for Universal.

The Taken made a presentation to Universal outlining his take on the Hasbro board game adaptation.

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Pierre Morel Leaves ‘Dune’

The long-gestating Dune remake has hit another snag with Deadline reporting that director Pierre Morel has left the project.

We reported way back in January that Pierre Morel had joined the project, and we also reported a month later that Chase Palmer was brought onto rewrite the script for Morel. Although Paramount is reportedly very keen on Palmer's script, the studio will cut ties with the project if a production start date isn't firmed up by Spring of 2011. There were rumors that Paramount was leaning towards putting the project in turnaround, but it seems the studio will give the production a little more time.

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