‘Fifty Shades’ Director James Foley To Helm ‘Alcatraz’ | Film News


James Foley, fresh off directing a pair of Fifty Shades Of Grey sequels back-to-back, has found his next project. He’s set to direct Alcatraz, which is being put together by the producers of John Wick and 300.


Ian Mackenzie Jeffers has written the script which follows a bank robber as he makes a daring escape from the infamous titular maximum security prison, which was located in San Francisco.


It’s based on the true story of Frank Morris, who was one of three men to escape Alcatraz in June 1962; the only people to ever do so. The three men have never been found and remain on the FBI’s most wanted list to this day.


The story has been adapted once before, into the 1979 film Escape From Alcatraz, which starred Clint Eastwood and was directed by Don Siegel. This new film has no direct connection to that one but naturally the narrative will be relatively similar as they’re both based on the same true story.


Foley got his start directing music videos for Madonna before following her to Hollywood and helming the 1987 movie Who’s That Girl.


He then went on to direct films such as Glengarry Glen Ross and Fear, before most recently taking over the Fifty Shades Of Grey sequels from Sam Taylor-Johnson, who directed the first film of the franchise. He’s also directed episodes of House Of Cards, Wayward Pines, and Billions.


Jeffers has previously written The Grey and Death Sentence, two films that take a relatively basic premise and expand on it in interesting ways. Hopefully he can do the same with the Alcatraz script, while Foley does the same behind the camera. There’s no other news on the film yet, but expect some casting to be announced soon.



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