A project said to have echoes of “The Silence of the Lambs” and “Seven.”
How far would you go to protect your child? Keller Dover (Jackman) is facing every parent’s worst nightmare. His six-year-old daughter, Anna, is missing, together with her young friend, Joy, and as minutes turn to hours, panic sets in. The only lead is a dilapidated RV that had earlier been parked on their street. Heading the investigation, Detective Loki (Gyllenhaal) arrests its driver, Alex Jones (Paul Dano), but a lack of evidence forces the only suspect’s release. Knowing his child’s life is at stake, the frantic Dover decides he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. The desperate father will do whatever it takes to find the girls, but in doing so, he may lose himself, begging the question: When do you cross the line between seeking justice and becoming a vigilante?
David Dastmalchian (The Dark Knight) has joined the cast of Alcon Entertainment’s long-gestured Prisoners opposite Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano and Melissa Leo, Variety is reporting.
Prisoners, directed by Denis Villeneuve, will be shooting in Georgia. Warner Bros. has set a September 20, 2013 release.
“Script by Aaron Guzikowski revolves around a small-town carpenter whose young daughter and best friend are kidnapped. After the cops fail to find them, he takes the law into his own hands but in the process runs up against the big-city detective assigned to the case.“
After being in development for years with various directors and casting announced, it looks like the high profile Prisoners script could finally make the big screen transition.
Variety reports that Melissa Leo (Flight, Oblivion) will join previously attached Hugh Jackman in Alcon Entertainment’s thriller, to still be directed by Denis Villeneuve (“Incendies”). Michael Fassbender was once attached, as was Christian Bale.
Production is scheduled to begin early next year with Alcon is targeting a fall 2013 release through its output deal with Warner Bros. I’ll believe it when I see it.
Script, penned by Aaron Guzikowski (“Contraband”), “revolves around a small-town carpenter whose young daughter and best friend are kidnapped. After the cops fail to find them, he takes the law into his own hands, but in the process runs up against the big city detective assigned to the case.”
A project said to have echoes of The Silence of the Lambs and Seven.
It’s amazing how even the hottest of scripts can’t find a way to get into production. Over two years since originally announced (and called the hottest script in Hollywood), Aaron Guzikowski’s Prisoners finally has a new director.
Denis Villeneuve, who is getting raving reviews for his thriller Incendies, has landed the gig to direct Prisoners, a vigilante thriller echoing The Silence of the Lambs and Seven that’s set up with Warner Bros. and The Blind Side producer Alcon Entertainment, reports the LA Times.
Various stars have been attached since the project was first put into active development in 2009, with Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale at one point lined up to play the father and the detective, respectively. Training Day director Antoine Fuqua was on board to direct before he left to helm another film.
Leonardo DiCaprio had been attached to star, but his involvement was considered fluid before a director came on board, and Kosove said DiCaprio won’t be joining the project.
Guzikowski’s dark tale “centers on a small-town man who, after his daughter and her friend are kidnapped and the cops fail to solve the crime, takes matters into his own hands, holding hostage the person he suspects committed the crime. He also comes into conflict with the big-city detective assigned to the case.”