We reported in May that Liam Neeson boarded the project, portraying the alcoholic private investigator Matt Scudder, who operates just outside the law. The story follows Scudder as he takes a case to find the kidnapped wife of a drug dealer. He discovers the kidnappers are linked to a number of brutal murders and kidnappings. Dan Stevens' role has not been revealed at this time.
Scott Frank is directing from his own screenplay, adapted from the Lawrence Block novel of the same name. Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher are producing through their Double Feature Films company, alongside Danny DeVito and his Jersey Films company. Exclusive Media Group and Cross Creek Pictures will finance, with Universal Pictures distributing. Production will get under way next month.