TAKEN Director Pierre Morel to Helm BASTILLE DAY

     April 17, 2012


Director Pierre Morel has been set to helm the actioner Bastille Day.  Vendome Pictures and Anonymous Content announced today that they will be producing the film from a screenplay by Andrew Baldwin.  The story centers on “a young American artist living in Paris and a washed up CIA agent who together are tasked with diverting an imminent attack on the city.”  Morel is no stranger to international thrillers as he previously helmed the “Liam Neeson is a badass” film Taken.  He most recently directed the decidedly less awesome actioner From Paris with Love starring John Travolta.

Baldwin has been a hot screenwriter as of late, gaining notice for his Black List script The West Is Dead.  He’s been working on the script for the Logan’s Run remake for director Nicholas Winding Refn and Warner Bros. is moving forward with his period Yakuza pic The Outsider with Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) attached to direct.  Hit the jump to read the full press release concerning Bastille Day.

pierre-morel-imageHere’s the press release:

Vendome Pictures has entered into an agreement with Anonymous Content to produce BASTILLE DAY written by Andrew Baldwin. Anonymous Content developed the project with Baldwin, bringing it to Vendome who preemptively acquired the material on spec before it became available to all buyers.  Pierre Morel will direct the feature film.

Vendome Pictures CEO Philippe Rousselet will produce the project along with Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin, Bard Dorros, and David Kanter.  Vendome will fully finance the production of the film.

BASTILLE DAY is an original idea about a young American artist living in Paris and a washed up CIA agent who together are tasked with diverting an imminent attack on the city.

Baldwin is an in-demand screen writer whose recent credits include THE OUTSIDER, his 2nd screenplay to land on the Black List, which is in pre-production at WARNER BROS., with Daniel Espinosa attached to direct; and he is writing LOGAN’S RUN for Warner Bros. that has Nicolas Winding Refn attached to direct and Ryan Gosling to star.

France’s Pierre Morel is best known as the director of the blockbuster TAKEN starring Liam Neeson.  His other credits include the international sensation DISTRICT B13 and FROM PARIS WITH LOVE starring John Travolta.  Prior to directing, Morel was one of the most heralded Franco cinematographers, having cut his own teeth on Luc Besson’s TRANSPORTER films.

French filmmaker Pierre Morel is best known for directing the blockbuster action/thriller TAKEN starring Liam Neeson, which has grossed more than $225 million in the worldwide box office.  He has also directed the high octane French classic DISTRICT B13 and FROM PARIS WITH LOVE.  Morel is currently directing ABC’s television pilot “Zero Hour” for producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura.  He is a longtime collaborator of EuropaCorp and its founder Luc Besson, where he started his career as a cinematographer.

Vendome’s President of Production, Guy Stodel, and Vice President of Production and Development, Sarah Schweitzman, will oversee the project on behalf of Vendome.

Baldwin is represented by CAA and Anonymous Content.  Morel is represented by CAA, Sentient Entertainment, and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller.

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