Saturday, 20 September 2014

James McTeigue unearths Alien Splinter Cell

James McTeigue has dabbled in comic book conspiracies, martial arts action and historical fiction suspense before, but now the V For Vendetta (2005) director is looking to tackle science fiction, signing on to make Alien Splinter Cell for ScanBox Studios.





Morgan Davis Foehl, who worked on cyber thriller Blackhat for Michael Mann (Public Enemies), has written the script for this one, which has locked most of its plot details away for now. But The Hollywood Reporter has heard that the film will mash up a spy thriller like The Bourne Identity (2002) with a story that finds aliens living amongst humans as their race builds up to a big invasion plan. Think US drama The Americans, but with aliens instead of Russians.

McTeigue, who last released Edgar Allen Poe detective pic The Raven (2012), is already juggling several other potential projects, including a Bloodsport remake and a drama about Elliot Ness and Al Capone. He's currently finishing up work on action thriller Survivor, starring Pierce Brosnan (The Ghost), Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil: Retribution) and Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks), and is one of the directors on Sens8, the TV series developed by his old bosses the Wachowskis (Cloud Atlas) and Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski.

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