Taken director Pierre Morel has lined up a new international action film. Heat Vision reports that Morel is in talks to helm the tantalizingly named The Hitman’s Bodyguard. The story centers on a protection agent who is tasked with guarding a hitman awaiting a chance “to testify against a war criminal and ex-head of state of an Eastern European country.” The success of the “opposites interact” project will likely depend on what actors are cast in the two leads. Tom O’Connor (Fire with Fire) wrote the script.
Since Taken, Morel has only directed one other feature, 2010’s From Paris with Love. He was previously attached to helm the international thriller Bastille Day, but is apparently no longer involved with that project. He’s also on the shortlist of directors that Sony is eyeing for the Denzel Washington-fronted adaptation of the CBS series The Equalizer.