Taken (2008) director Pierre Morel is clearly showing no signs of moving away from action, at least for his big screen career. News arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that he has just made a deal to direct The Killer for StudioCanal, based on Tom Wood's book series.
Wood's tomes, which are collectively known as the Victor The Assassin series, were first published in the US and the UK in 2011 with the debut of The Killer, though the title was changed to The Hunter here in the UK.
The film will follow a mysterious assassin with no last name who, in classic movie hit man style, is double-crossed and must go on the run to find the truth about those trying to take him down. While the general plot sounds terribly familiar, Wood's books have been praised for finding new, creative ways to explore the story, something that will hopefully carry over to the adaptation. And while Morel hasn't exactly proven a master of wrangling screenplays, he certainly knows his way around a set piece.
It marks a reunion for the director and Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman (Non-Stop), the producers behind his latest The Gunman, which stars Sean Penn (Gangster Squad), Idris Elba (Prometheus) and Javier Bardem (Skyfall). The Gunman will arrive on UK screens on 20 February next year.