Looks like Liam Neeson is lining up his next Neeson-brand signature gun-toting action film. Game of Thrones director Brian Kirk has signed on to direct the action-thriller Narco Sub for 20th Century Fox, Scott Free and Genre Films with Neeson in talks to star in the lead role. The script by David Guggenheim (Safe House) follows Neeson’s disgraced American Naval officer when a notorious Ecuadorian drug lord forces him to navigate a submarine full of cocaine past the U.S. Coast Gaurd. That’s a late-career Liam Neeson logline if I’ve ever heard one.
Via The Wrap, Ridley Scott will produce the film with Simon Kinberg. Tony Scott, Doug Liman and Antoine Fuqua all circled various incarnations of the film over the years. Kirk, who made his feature film debut with Middletown in 2006, is best known for his high-profile TV work, which, in addition to Game of Thrones, includes Boardwalk Empire, Luther, and Dexter. He also spent years developing Sony’s space drama Passengers, which Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) is now directing, with Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence in talks to star.
It’s always fun to watch Neeson do the hard-ass, sensitive-eyed action hero bit, and I’m glad the guy’s getting steady work, but these roles are getting a bit mind-numbing with the repetition. Fortunately, Neeson just wrapped J.A. Bayona‘s dark fantasy A Monster Calls and is currently filming Martin Scorsese‘s long-awaited Jesuit priest drama, Silence, so he’s still taking on exciting and challenging work between the rote ass-kicking roles. You have to give your knees a break at some point.
What do you guys think? Does the film sound interesting? Are you still excited to about Liam Neeson, action god?