Liam Neeson is not ready to hang up his action hero boots quite yet. After starring in Taken, Unknown, Non-Stop, A Walk Among The Tombstones, just to name a few, he’s now signed on to star in a remake of the Spanish thriller Retribution.
The original film revolves around a businessman who finds himself caught up in a Speed-esque scenario, when he gets a phone call telling him there’s a bomb in his car and he needs to do exactly what the voice on the line says or else it will explode. To make matters worse, the man’s two children are in the car with him.
Nimród Antal (Predators) will direct from a script by Chris Salmanpour and Andrew Baldwin. The duo previously penned Spanish film El Desconocido, which earned eight Goya Award nominations – Spain’s Oscars equivalent – back in 2015. Jaume Collet-Serra, who has directed Neeson in many of his recent action films, will also produce.
It can be hard to differentiate Neeson’s action output sometimes, and that problem might be exacerbated here considering the similarities to Speed, an action classic. However Neeson always delivers the goods from an acting perspective, and Antal has some solid work under his belt, such as the 2007 horror-thriller Vacancy and directing episodes of Wayward Pines and Servant.
Neeson just starred in Honest Thief, an action movie (no, really) released last month. He’s also finished shooting The Ice Road, an action-thriller (…) which also stars Laurence Fishburne.