Now playing in theaters is director Roger Donaldson’s (The Bank Job, No Way Out) action thriller The November Man. Based on Bill Granger’s novel There are No Spies from the bestselling November Man book series, the film stars Pierce Brosnan as an ex-CIA operative who is lured out of retirement on a personal mission. While on the assignment, he finds himself trying to protect a valuable witness (Olga Kurylenko) while his former pupil (Luke Bracey) is trying to hunt him down. The film also stars Eliza Taylor, Caterina Scorsone, Bill Smitrovich and Will Patton. For more on The November Man, watch the trailer or check out all our previous coverage.
At the Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with Roger Donaldson. He talked about making November Man, reuniting with Pierce Brosnan, how the film was originally set in Berlin before he decided on Belgrade, deleted scenes, what he values about test screenings, his evolution to digital filming, No Way Out, his approach to editing, future projects, and a lot more. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
- Talk about Donaldson’s 1987 film No Way Out and his approach to editing.
- 1:30 – What he values about test screenings.
- 2:40 – The evolution to digital filming is the biggest change he’s felt over his career.
- 5:10 – Talk about the storytelling process.
- 6:40 – How Donaldson was introduced to Brosnan and their relationship since Dante’s Peak.
- 8:00 – The November Man was originally set in Berlin before Donaldson researched and latched onto Belgrade.
- 9:40 – The first cut was 10 minutes with a couple deleted scenes.
- 10:50 – Talk about upcoming projects.
Roger Donaldson The November Man Interview