French director Pierre Morel has been tapped by Universal to helm an action-thriller they’re developing called “Pursuit”. With the success of “Taken” Morel became one of the only directors to helm a profitable film in the “action-thriller” genre this year – making him a smart choice for any studio that likes big profits and moderate budgets. More after the jump…
According to Variety “Pursuit” will be based on the life of Jason Howe, a British photojournalist who has worked in Iraq, Afghanistan, Burma, Thailand and various other tranquil destination spots. Oh yeah, and he also fell in love with a woman while on assignment in Columbia. It could happen to anyone, except the woman in question turned out to be an assassin.
The studio has acquired Howe’s life-rights and is currently looking for a writer who can turn this run-of-the-mill story into an interesting screenplay.
Meanwhile, Morel and his “Taken” co-writer/producer Luc Besson are said to be “taking their time” with a sequel to their surprise hit – though, to me, the second act is obvious: the annoying daughter must die.