Liam Neeson to Take ‘A Walk Among The Tombstones’

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A Walk Among The Tombstones Liam Neeson to Take A Walk Among The Tombstones

The perpetually busy (and exceedingly popular) Liam Neeson has attached himself to yet another film. The star will take on the role of Matt Scudder in the screen adaptation of Lawrence Block’s A Walk Among The Tombstones. The Scott Frank-directed film is yet another thriller for Neeson, who in recent years has had a career resurgence as a big-screen tough guy.

A Walk Among The Tombstones is the first film in a three-year deal between Exclusive Media and Cross Creek Pictures, who intend to finance at least two films every year, with budgets up to $65 million. The hope is that Tombstones will shoot in February, presumably once Neeson has completed work on Non-Stop.

According to Deadline:

“Neeson plays Scudder at the time he’s an ex-NYPD cop and unlicensed private detective and recovering alcoholic. He’s hired to find the kidnapped wife of a drug dealer. In the process, he discovers that the kidnappers have done this before and it has led to brutal murders.”

It’s not the first time that the character of Scudder has been brought to the screen: Jeff Bridges played the character in the ’80s film 8 Million Ways To Die.  It’s also not the first time that A Walk Among The Tombstones has been in development. At one point Neeson’s A-Team and The Grey director Joe Carnahan was set to direct Harrison Ford in the film – but the project fell apart when Ford grew “concerned about the darkness in the character.” It would appear that Neeson has no such qualms about delving into darker territory (he did play Darkman, after all).

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Neeson once again at gunplay in 'Taken 2'

The Irish-born Neeson had a successful career as a character actor (albeit with the occasional high-octane role), but his action career was kick-started by Taken in 2008. The film was a surprise hit, grossing $145 million at the US box office and over $226 million worldwide. The actor followed that film with a string of action flicks like The A-Team, Unknown, Battleship and the upcoming sequel, Taken 2.

A Walk Among The Tombstones is sure to be another popular film in Neeson’s eclectic filmography, and we will unearth more details as its February start date approaches.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Larry, congrats and bravo on the movie deal! I am planning to write something about the movie getting greenlighted, and need a quote or two from you re how you feel, as in quote Mr Block said in a recent email. Email me at danbloom AT gmail in Taiwanville Central Casting! Tell me how you feel, how does it feel, anything quotable. This will be for a major Hollywood website I moonlight for. From my computerless cave in Taiwan. ADD SOMETHING TO THIS? just a draft for now: re ”Liam Neeson set to take ‘A Walk Among The Tombstones’” by db

    First it was a great detective yarn by master storyteller Lawrence
    Block, the tenth book in his ”Matthew Scudder” series, and now Liam
    Neeson is attached to play Scudder
    in Scott Frank’s screen adaptation of the chock-a-Block thriller.

    “A
    Walk Among the Tombstones” is set to start filming in Manhattan in
    February 2013, if all goes as planned,
    and of course, these Hollywood announcements don’t always pan out or proceed as
    hoped for or as scheduled in terms of the timeframe. Neeson is ”attached” and the movie is intended to be part
    of a three-year deal between Exclusive Media and Cross Creek Pictures.

    “The hope is that ‘Tombstones’ will shoot in February, presumably once
    Neeson has completed work on ‘Non-Stop’,” says a source.

    Who’s Mathew Scudder? By the tenth book in the popular Block series,
    he’s an ex-cop, an unlicensed private detective and a recovering
    drunk. He gets hired to try to find a woman
    who has been kidnapped — and not just any woman, but the pretty wife
    of a drug kingpin — and the more he learns the more he realizes this
    is a very big frontstory with an ominous backstory.

    Scudder made it to Hollywood once before when Jeff Bridges played him
    “8 Million Ways To Die,” according to a source. He also told me it’s not
    the first time that ”A Walk Among The Tombstones” got greenlighted as Harrison Ford was once scheduled to play Scudder in the earlier deal but it never panned out and the film never materialzied.

    If “A Walk Among The Tombstones” makes it to the silver screen this time, Block
    will be one of the happiest men on Earth, he said in a recent email adding ….QUOTE HERE LArry: can do? leave comemnt quote ro email me in south Taiwan. — danny bloom, 1949-2032

  2. Might be OK, but the thrillers I am really waiting for are proposed individual movies by authors James Rollins, Vince Flynn, and Brad Thor. Anyone have any updates there? I find niblets on these authors’ websites, but not the big banquet of info I would like.

  3. On Block’s blog, fans were quick to congratulate the veteran — and
    prolific! — writer.

    “That is just so cool about Liam Neeson playing Scudder. He’ll be
    perfect for the role,” said one man. Replied Block “This one’s been a
    long time coming. The original book was still in the book stores
    when Scott Frank first went to work on the screenplay.”

    “As much as I like Jeff Bridges,” opined another fan on Block’s blog,
    “I think Mr. Neeson will be the
    definitive screen Scudder. I can’t wait to hear who plays Mick Ballou.”

    Mick Ballou? He’s another of the writer’s many characters, and Block
    notes: “I’ve a feeling Ballou’s not in the screenplay. This
    is the book where he goes to Ireland to dodge a RICO subpoena, and his
    participation is thus limited to a couple of phone calls. But if the
    film works, they’d love to do more. So perhaps we’ll see.”

    About the Hollywood treatment of “8 Millions Way to Die,” another
    Block blog fan wrote: “I thought Jeff Bridges was an excellent choice,
    but was disappointed with the setting change to California.”

    Block’s frank response: ”I thought Jeff was very good — he pretty
    much always is, whatever the
    role — and Andy Garcia, too, but the film had a lot wrong with it.”

    ”This film’s been a long time coming, but I think it just might turn
    out to have been worth the wait, Block told another fan on his blog.
    “It’s a long awaited return of Scudder to the screen, and like you I
    think Liam Neeson will do a good job.”

    One fan said that while she had never thought of Neeson for the
    role if a movie was ever made, “now that someone has [fingered him],
    it fits nicely,” adding: “Fingers crossed that
    the script doesn’t get ‘Starship Troopered.’”

    Block immediately replied on his blog, saying: “We don’t have to worry
    about conflict between the writer and the
    director, since the estimable Scott Frank is wearing both of those
    hats [for this movie]. ”

    Chimed on another fan: “Fortunately, I think very highly of the source
    material, so I think
    the movie will survive the normal [Hollywood] tinkering. I hope you
    don’t lose the
    extremely well-done side story of the brother, even to the sad end.”

    Said another fan: “Larry, I’m curious about updated phone technologies
    [in the planned movie], if the adaptation is in
    the present time.”

    Block replied: “I suspect there’ll be a lot changed in that respect,
    although it’s hard to know. The last I heard, the movie’s going to take place
    around the time the book came out, in the 1990s. But that could
    change.”

  4. I always make it a point to watch nearly all of Liam Neeson’s solo outings (Taken, Unknown, The Grey) or ensemble movies(Batman Begins, Star Wars Phantom Menace, Battleship, A-Team) …. He’s a no-nonsence take-no-prisoners kick-ass action star that makes him stand out. I’ll go see this movie on opening day.

  5. This is probably the movie I am most excited about in the near future, although Liam will be great as Scudder he would be completely perfect as Mick Ballou, Scudder’s murderous Irish gangster friend.

    Whoever decided to set 8 Million Ways To Die in LA instead of NYC should have been tarred and feathered right next to the guy who decided to cast Whoopie Goldberg (Lawrence Block’s other great character) as Bernie The Burglar .

  6. they’re filming this today in Brooklyn, on 3rd aave and 79th st (Bay Ridge, brooklyn, NYC)

  7. I saw a movie screening 2nite n paramus NJ i thought the movie was great ! ! !

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