Jesper Ganslandt to Direct Thriller MISSION: BLACKLIST Starring Robert Pattinson

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It’s been over a year since we heard anything regarding the psychological thriller Mission: BlacklistRobert Pattinson signed on to play soldier-turned-intelligence agent Eric Maddox, the man who spearheaded the capture of Saddam Hussein.  Erik Jendresen (Band of Brothers) wrote the screenplay based on Maddox’s 2008 book, Mission: Black List #1 – The Inside Story Of The Search For Saddam Hussein – As Told By The Soldier Who Masterminded His Capture (as a rule, non-fiction books must have at least 15 words in their title)Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire (Johnny Mad Dog) was attached to direct, but now Swedish director Jesper Ganslandt (Falkenberg Farewell) is on board to make his English-language debut.  According to Deadline, filming is set to begin this fall.

As for Pattinson, he’ll be seen later this year in the futuristic western The Rover.  He’s also attached to David Cronenberg‘s Maps to the Stars, James Marsh‘s Hold on to Me, and Lone Scherfig‘s Posh.  Hit the jump for the synopsis of Eric Maddox’s book.

mission black list 1 book coverHere’s the synopsis for Mission: Black List #1:

Everyone has seen the footage: a heavily bearded Saddam Hussein blinking under the bright lights of infantry cameras, dazed to find himself in U.S. Army custody. Yet while the breaking news was broadcast around the world, the story of the remarkable events leading up to that moment on December 13, 2003 has never before been fully told. Mission: Black List #1 offers the full, behind-the-scenes account of the search for Saddam Hussein, as related by the Army interrogator whose individual courage and sheer determination made the capture possible. In July of 2003, Staff Sergeant Eric Maddox was deployed to Baghdad alongside intelligence analysts and fellow interrogators. Their assignment was clear: gather actionable intelligence – leads that could be used to launch raids on High Value Targets within the insurgency. But, as Maddox recounts, hunting for the hidden links in the terrorist network would require bold and untested tactics, and the ability to never lose sight of the target, often hiding in plain sight. After months of chasing down leads, following hunches and interrogating literally hundreds of detainees, Sergeant Maddox uncovered crucial details about the insurgency. In his final days in Iraq he closed in on the dictator’s inner circle and, within hours of his departure from the country, pinpointed the precise location of Saddam’s Tikrit spider hole. Maddox’s candid and compelling narrative reveals the logic behind the unique interrogation process he developed, and provides an insider’s look at his psychologically subtle, non-violent methods. The result is a gripping, moment-by-moment account of the historic mission that brought down Black List #1. [Amazon]




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  • Jason Richards

    How many movies is pattinson going to get before people realize this kid can’t act? Him and that kid from High-school Musical keep getting work despite being terrible actors.

    • Mi

      Have you seen any of his movies?

      • Jason Richards

        Yes, and he’s been terrible in all of them.

      • nikola6

        Yet you keep watching them. And paying for the privledge to do so. Interesting. As for his bankability…the only thing he’s sold thus far is Twilight. Remember Me and Water For Elephants didn’t lose money but they didn’t blow the roof off either and Bel Ami and Cosmopolis failed because of lousy distribution deals. While you are certainly entitled to your opinion on his abilities, it’s pretty short-sighted to think that the only reason these acclaimed filmmakers would hire him in their adult dramas is to pull in the Twilight crowd. Directors of that caliber want to work with talent. And apparently they think he’s got it (he beat out damn near every 20 something actor in town for The Rover and after Animal Kingdom, I’m guessing that Michod had his pick). Give Pattinson a chance to climb out from under the avalanche that Twilight has buried him under. I think he may surprise you.

    • blackbeanie

      It doesn’t really matter that you think he can’t act as long as acclaimed directors like Cronenberg, Herzog and Michôd think he can act, does it ?

      • Jason Richards

        They probably cast him to get financing for their films.

      • blackbeanie

        You should listen to interviews of Cronenberg in which he explained that casting an actor has partly to do with his bankability, that’s how business works. But….a director like David, would never risk his movie to be ruined by an actor who doesn’t have the talent. Especially for a film like Cosmopolis, where the lead actor had the power to make or break the movie, the casting for the part of Eric Packer was crucial. As you probably know, not all critics liked the movie (it is very special indeed) but not because of the performance of Pattinson, who got international critical acclaim.
        You don’t have to like the acting style, I don’t like the way a lot of actors perform either but that’s different from saying that he or they can’t act.

    • jack

      oh well shit….everyone in Hollywood should listen to Jason Richards because he knows who can and can’t act……hate to break it to you, but the people who make films have a better idea of the kind of actor he is

      • Joseph M

        Yeah, he’s a regular Daniel Day Lewis.

  • Don Vito

    Oh please, not ANOTHER Gulf War movie. Lets put that behind us, yes?

  • Don Vito

    Oh please, not ANOTHER Gulf War movie. Lets put that behind us, yes?

    • Joseph M

      You know how it works, Don. The old Cowboys and Indians movies to make audiences think the Indians were the bad guys. Then it was those dirty commie Russians Hollywood wanted us to hate. Now, well for the last 13 years, it’s the Muslims. The CIA make good producers – ask Bigelow and Affleck.

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