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Liam Neeson lands lead role in remake of Rupert Wyatt's The Escapist

01.07.2015

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With it being Neeson Season and all, I guess it's only appropriate a new project is in the works starring the actor. It's being reported that Liam Neeson will star in Legendary Pictures' remake of the 2008 prisoner thriller THE ESCAPIST. The original U.K. film was Rupert Wyatt's (RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, THE GAMBLER) directorial debut, and it starred Brian Cox, Joseph Fiennes and Dominic Cooper. No director has been announced, but Wyatt is attached to the remake as a producer, and Sean O’Keefe will write the script.

Synopsis:

Frank Perry is an institutionalized convict fourteen years into a life sentence without parole. When his estranged daughter falls ill, he is determined to make peace with her before it's too late. He develops an ingenious escape plan, and recruits a dysfunctional band of escapists - misfits with unique skills required for their daring plan and united by desire to escape their hell hole of an existence.

I haven't seen the Rupert Wyatt film, but it has received solid reviews from critics (it's sitting at 66% over at Rotten Tomatoes) and apparently "Much of the action takes place within the tunnels, sewers and underground rivers of subterranean London."

Liam Neeson running around underground with a bunch of criminals definitely sounds like a fun time to me. Which actors would you like to see team up with Nesson as the "misfits with unique skills"?

Liam Neeson can be seen next in TAKEN 3 on January 9, 2015.

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Extra Tidbit: Brian Cox's Frank Perry role was specifically written for the actor by Rupert Wyatt.
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1:31PM on 01/07/2015
Would love an Escape From Alcatraz remake directed by Eastwood. Doesn't have to be Neeson in it. There's a lot of other guys to be Frank Morris.
Would love an Escape From Alcatraz remake directed by Eastwood. Doesn't have to be Neeson in it. There's a lot of other guys to be Frank Morris.
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9:38AM on 01/07/2015
Rarely do I bitch about old films (no matter how good/classic) being remade, but this one's barely 7 years old for fuck's sake. And Neeson needs to get his shit together, doing a pay check flick every now and again is fine, but he's racking 'em up like there's no tomorrow.
Rarely do I bitch about old films (no matter how good/classic) being remade, but this one's barely 7 years old for fuck's sake. And Neeson needs to get his shit together, doing a pay check flick every now and again is fine, but he's racking 'em up like there's no tomorrow.
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8:52AM on 01/07/2015
Any movie with Liam Neeson in it is fine by me.
Any movie with Liam Neeson in it is fine by me.
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8:31AM on 01/07/2015
Good casting, even though there is no need for an American remake. The original is a solid film and more people should check it out. At least they have Wyatt back as producer to oversee things and I can see Neeson doing a good job for this film like Cox did for the original.

For supporting cast how about Neal McDonough, Walton Goggins, and/or Jon Bernthal.
Good casting, even though there is no need for an American remake. The original is a solid film and more people should check it out. At least they have Wyatt back as producer to oversee things and I can see Neeson doing a good job for this film like Cox did for the original.

For supporting cast how about Neal McDonough, Walton Goggins, and/or Jon Bernthal.
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8:51AM on 01/07/2015
I'd love to see Neal McDonough as villain.
I'd love to see Neal McDonough as villain.
12:19PM on 01/07/2015
He makes for such a great villain. He needs to be in more high profile films.
He makes for such a great villain. He needs to be in more high profile films.
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