McG will direct Kevin Costner in a new action film for writer/producer Luc Besson
It looks like a perfect storm of movie awesome is brewing. Director McG is officially signed on to direct an untitled project for producer Luc Besson and Kevin Costner will star.
Veriety reported the trio as official today for the movie that was formerly titled THREE DAYS TO KILL. Here's the plot: Costner will play a dying Secret Service agent who decides to retire in order to reconnect with his estranged family. When the Secret Service offers him access to an experimental drug that could save his life in exchange for one last assignment, he finds himself trying to juggle his family, his mission and the drug's hallucinatory side effects.
McG would certainly be one of the biggest profile American director to direct a film for Besson. Both have a very slick and commercial visual style that Costner has not been featured in very often. Costner is experiencing a career rennaissance thanks to the History Channel mini-series HATFIELDS & MCCOYS. He is currently filming JACK RYAN for Kenneth Branagh and will be seen in Zack Snyder's MAN OF STEEL next year. The screenplay for the untitled flick was written by Besson with Adi Hasak who brought us the John Travolta movie FROM PARIS WITH LOVE.
Call me a Besson apologist, but I like his movies. Whether he writes them or directs them, they are fun and original and carry a distinctly European vibe. Sometimes it works (THE TRANSPORTER) and sometimes not so much (US cut of LOCKOUT). But, they are always fun.
No release dates yet but I am sure we will hear casting very soon on this one.