Cross Creek Pictures has announced that production is underway on writer/director Scott Frank’s (The Lookout) crime thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones. Filming is taking place in New York on the pic, which stars Liam Neeson as an alcoholic ex-cop who investigates the kidnapping of a heroin drug lord’s wife, teaming up with a heroin trafficker and his brother to hunt down the men responsible for the crime. Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) and Boyd Holbrook (Milk) star as the trafficker and his brother, respectively.
The film is based on one of a series of Matt Scudder crime novels by author Lawrence Block. David Harbour (End of Watch), Mark Consuelos (American Horror Story), and Astro (The X-Factor) round out the cast. Hit the jump to read the full press release, which includes the official synopsis.
NEW YORK, NY, March 3, 2013—Cross Creek Pictures President Brian Oliver and Exclusive Media’s Co-Chairmen Nigel Sinclair and Guy East announced today that principal photography has begun in New York on A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES the new crime thriller starring Oscar® winner Liam Neeson (SCHINDLER’S LIST, TAKEN). Joining the cast are Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey); Boyd Holbrook (THE HOST, MILK); David Harbour (SNITCH, END OF WATCH); Mark Consuelos (American Horror Story); and recording artist / U.S. X Factor (season 1) fan favorite, Astro.
Written and to be directed by Academy Award® nominated Scott Frank (OUT OF SIGHT, THE LOOKOUT), the film is based on one of 17 Matt Scudder novels written by acclaimed crime novelist Lawrence Block. The Scudder series has been in print for over 40 years and translated into over 20 languages. The movie is being produced by Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher, with their company Double Feature Films, with Danny DeVito and his company, Jersey Films along with Cross Creek Pictures’ Brian Oliver and Exclusive Media’s Tobin Armbrust. A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES is also produced and financed by Cross Creek Pictures with Exclusive Media under their joint co-production deal. Tyler Thompson, Cross Creek Pictures’ Executive Senior Vice President, will serve as executive producer along with Kerry Orent (DUPLICITY, DEFINITELY, MAYBE, MICHAEL CLAYTON). Universal Pictures will distribute the film in North America.
An ex-NYPD cop and recovering alcoholic haunted by regrets, Matt Scudder (Liam Neeson) has a lot to make up for. When a series of kidnappings targeting the wives of drug dealers escalates to grisly murder, Scudder reluctantly agrees to help a heroin trafficker (Dan Stevens) and his brother (Boyd Holbrook) hunt the two men down and bring them to bloody justice. An unlicensed private detective, Matt gets help from his former colleague and a homeless 17 year-old artist, TJ (Astro.) Operating just outside the law to track down the monsters responsible, Scudder stops just short of becoming one himself.
A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES will be shot on location in NY.
The film’s creative team includes award winning cinematographer Mihai Malaimare (THE MASTER, TETRO), andthe cult favorite genre production designer David Brisbin (PARANOIA, TWILIGHT: NEW MOON). Additionally, Jill Savitt (PREMIUM RUSH, SECRET WINDOW)is the film’s editor, Betsy Heimann (BROKEN CITY, PULP FICTION, JERRY MAGUIRE) the costume designer and Michael Barosky (WINTER’S TALE, EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE) the sound mixer.