Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Gary Oldman joins submarine thriller Hunter Killer

After floating around in development limbo for years now, action thriller Hunter Killer is finally getting some momentum. Gerard Butler (300) remains attached, and now news arrives via Screen International that Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises) is ready to join him.

Adapted from George Wallace and Don Keith's novel Firing Point, the story concerns a rogue Russian general who kidnaps his country's president and looks to kick off World War III. Allied against him are an untested submarine captain, Joe Glass (Gerard Butler) and a Navy SEAL team. Despite his history playing Russians on screen, Oldman in this case will be an American official.

This one has attracted plenty of interest through the years, pinging the radars of directors such as Philip Noyce (Salt), Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) and McG (Terminator Salvation) but never quite found anyone to truly take it on. Now Original Films producing team Neil Moritz and Toby Jaffe have rescued the rights to make the film from the bankrupt Relativity Media and are on the hunt for someone to call the shots, as they want to start shooting in July.

Oldman will next be seen in Ariel Vromen's (The Iceman) crime drama Criminal and science fiction drama The Space Between Us.

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