Liam Neeson has signed on to star in a new action-thriller entitled The Commuter, according to a report from Deadline. The project doesn't have a director in place yet, but production is scheduled to begin in New York sometime this coming spring. StudioCanal is providing the financing, with The Picture Company producing.
The story, written by Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi, follows a businessman (Liam Neeson) who unwillingly gets embroiled in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute home. This sinister plot not only endangers his life, but also the lives of several other commuters around him. We first reported on The Commuter way back in 2010, when Olatunde Osunsanmi (The Fourth Kind) signed on to direct, but that was the last we heard about the project.
Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman will produce through their newly-formed The Picture Company. The producers, who were former executives at Joel Silver's Silver Pictures, formed this company less than a year ago, and this project will be their first to go into production. The Picture Company also has a number of other projects in development, such as 20th Century Fox's Escape from New York remake, Disney's The Tracking of a Russian Spy and a reinvention of the 1974 film Don't Look Now, for StudioCanal.
Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi previously wrote The Crossing for Screen Gems, Skyscraper for Universal and Paradise Lost for Legendary Pictures, which are all in various stages of development at this time. This project will reunite the producers, StudioCanal and Liam Neeson, since they all collaborated on recent thrillers such as Unknown and Non-Stop. While this will be Liam Neeson's next film, he still has plenty more projects in development.
Liam Neeson recently wrapped production on Martin Scorsese's Silence, and he will next be seen in A Monster Calls. He is also attached to A Willing Patriot, Narco Sub and The Revenger, which he just added to his busy movie slate last week. What do you think of Liam Neeson's latest action project?