A recent report from Deadline has claimed the unmistakable Liam Neeson is set to star in Run All Night, a mob-oriented crime thriller from upcoming screenwriter Brad Ingelsby.
While many claim Liam Neeson is reaching the age where action films are no longer an option, the star of Taken, its sequel and The Grey seems to be proving critics wrong and going the Sean Connery route. Run All Night will see Neeson as a mob hit man who, in a single night, is forced to take on his former boss. At the same time, he’s forced to protect his estranged son from both his former employers and the authorities as they hit the road on the run.
Currently, Warner Bros. is in negotiations with director Jaume Collet-Serra to helm the project, the same director who teamed with Liam Neeson in 2011’s Unknown. The two are currently filming another action thriller called Non-Stop, so it’s fair to assume the pair will retunite once again with Run All Night. Brad Ingelsby has been a busy man this year, working with Mark Wahlberg in a project called Point Blank and a remake called Hold On To Me.
To be quite frank, this film sounds a lot like the 2002 Sam Mendes film Road to Perdition, except set in the modern day with no Paul Newman, Tom Hanks, Jude Law or for that matter, Sam Mendes. While it’s extremely difficult not to like Liam Neeson (can you think of anyone that doesn’t?) it’s easy to see how such a marketable name could be stringed to poor projects.
In any case, here’s to hoping for the best for Run All Night. With such talent as Neeson and such a fresh scribe in Brad Ingelsby, there’s no telling to what heights or depths Run All Night can soar to or fall to.