With yesterday’s news that Kick-Ass 2 is finally moving forward with Jeff Wadlow set to direct, I wondered what movement on that sequel meant for the Liam Neeson-fronted airplane thriller Non-Stop that Wadlow was also attached to helm. My anxious, sleepless nights about Non-Stop can now come to an end as Variety reports that director Jaume Collet-Serra is in talks to reteam with his Unknown star and take over the director’s chair on Non-Stop for Dark Castle Productions. The script was written by first-timers John Richardson and Chris Roach and the story takes place on an international flight on which Neeson is forced to stop a threat (naturally). Hit the jump for more, including what this means for the live-action Akira remake.
Collet-Serra had been developing the live-action Akira remake for quite some time, and was just about ready to go into production when Warner Bros. put the project on hold in order to work on the script and budget. The director is also attached to helm the Dracula film Harker, but apparently they’ve yet to cast the leads on that project. Collet-Serra is also in talks to direct the big-budget fantasy Here There Be Monsters, but we haven’t heard firm word on his involvement for that project just yet. Despite being bland and boring, Unknown (also produced by Dark Castle) grossed $130 million worldwide so I’m assuming the studio is happy with this director choice for Non-Stop.
Neeson will be seen kicking ass yet again later this year in the sequel Taken 2, and he recently signed on to star opposite Olivia Wilde in director Paul Haggis’ (Crash) “multiple storylines” romantic drama Third Person. Last we heard, the plan was to shoot Third Person in New York in August. Production on Non-Stop is set to begin this October in New York, so if Neeson’s role is small-ish in Third Person he could conceivable fit both films in.
The Non-Stop start date doesn’t bode well for Akira, however. Either production on that film will be pushed back further, Collet-Serra will be replaced as director, or the whole adaptation may be scrapped entirely. The plan for Here There Be Monsters was to start production in early 2013, so with Non-Stop added to his schedule it’s not looking like Collet-Serra will stick with Akira. Hopefully we hear confirmation one way or another soon.