Milla Jovovich, Pierce Brosnan, & More Join ‘Survivor’ for ‘V for Vendetta’ Director

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Director James McTeigue worked his way up through assistant director ranks, notably for Alex Proyas on Dark City, for Lana and Andy Wachowski on The Matrix trilogy, and George Lucas on Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones. His directorial debut – produced and written by the Wachowskis – was the stylish and impressive graphic novel adaptation V for Vendetta, which marked him as a talent to watch. McTeigue’s follow-ups, however, proved less than mind-blowing. While 2009′s Ninja Assassin delivered on the title’s promise – lots of killer ninja action – there was little else to recommend about it. And 2012′s The Ravenstarring John Cusack in a fictional account of the still-mysterious last days of Edgar Allen Poe, was a complete misfire.

Yet there is no denying McTeigue’s talent behind the camera. He can connect with actors, as long as he has the right story, and the draw is evident by the cast he is lining up for his fourth outing as a feature director: the political thriller Survivor, starring Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil: Retribution).

Deadline reports that Jovovich will star as an employee for the State Department stationed in the U.S. embassy in London. Her job is to prevent terrorists from entering the United States, but when she is marked for death and framed for crimes she did not commit, she must clear her name and race against time to stop a terrorist attack aimed at Times Square on New Year’s Eve. Phil Shelby wrote the script, with Charles and Irwin Winkler producing for Millenium Films.

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She will be joined by a stellar supporting cast, which includes Pierce Brosnan (The World’s End), Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks) and Angela Bassett (American Horror Story: Coven). There is no word on the roles they will play, but earlier in the year, Katherine Heigl and Clive Owen were reported to be headlining this project – while they apparently dropped out under the radar, Brosnan likely took over the male lead for Owen.

As of a couple of months ago, McTeigue was reportedly attached to remake the Jean-Claude Van Damme martial arts vehicle BloodsportThat film looks to have been delayed, since Millenium is eyeing a January 2014 start date for Survivor, which could make it into theaters later next year.

McTeigue earned a flood of critical bile from The Raven, but he knows his way around an action set-piece. Still, can he pin down the right tone for a political thriller? His involvement alone points toward Survivor adopting a more gun-happy (and explosion-filled) realm than, say, Zero Dark Thirty, despite the impending-terrorist-attack plot. Bloodsport is the project which we can safely say is in McTeigue’s wheelhouse, but expect Survivor to be competent popcorn entertainment, at best.


Survivor begins filming in London in 2014.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Cuz I’m smarter than that?

    • This was in response to spam that has since been removed…sorry.

  2. Nice to see Mila doing something other than Resident Evil – and the rest of the cast bodes well enough to make it interesting anyway…must be a decent script. I’m sure it’ll be worth a rent.

    • Survivor sounds watchable. I’ll pout that on my Netflix list.
      The Raven looked good initially, but could have been much better; I was a bit disappointed by some aspects of it.
      Bloodsport was decent, but has been imitated so much I am not sure a reboot or remake would be anything special. I would probably watch it on Netflix, tho.

  3. I was a fan of the “V for Vendetta” graphic novel, and Alan Moore disinheriting the film was a bit discouraging. But he’s always been a little crazy. The film version is everything I could have possibly hoped for – gripping, chilling, intense, exciting, heartbreaking. It gets Moore’s music if not his exact words; elements are slightly different, subplots removed. But the idea – as V himself would be so proud to say – remains the same.

    The plot is surprisingly complex and nuanced, and I don’t want to give anything more away than the previews already have. Suffice it to say that a masked anarchist (voiced by Hugo Weaving) must save a young woman (Natalie Portman) during his attempt to expose corruption in the government. Weaving is perfectly cast, using his formidable physicality and imposing voice to give gravitas to the insanity of the character. Portman has gone from child to teen star and is finally emerging as a talented, adult actress following her Oscar-nominated turn in “Closer”. Here, she gives her best performance to date as the orphan Evey. John Hurt is characteristically impressive as the enigmatic government leader, and Stephen Rea gives a wonderful supporting turn as the police inspector charged with finding V – before it’s too late.

    The Wachowski Brothers’ former protégé, James McTiegue, takes on the directing duties here and helms an enormously impressive first feature, using every trick in the book in a manner reminiscent of his mentors’ breakout hit “The Matrix”. Unlike “The Matrix”, McTiegue allows the story to be more of a focus than the action, and as a result the film is a tense and emotional thriller, with outbursts of spectacularly filmed and choreographed action. Showing more maturity and restraint than the Wachowskis, McTiegue doesn’t show off, and his trickery isn’t self conscious. When slow-motion overtakes a late action sequence, it seems as natural as breathing. The late cinematographer Adrian Biddle (the film is dedicated to his memory) does an outstanding job, Oscar-nominated Dario Marianelli’s score is a fantastic accompaniment to the piece, and the visual effects are astonishing, terrifying, and deeply moving, especially in the climatic moments in Trafalgar Square.

    With solid acting, great action, and fantastic technical wizardry, it sounds just like another “Matrix”-style ripoff. But the biggest difference in “V” is that it is a story of real ideas – not a fantastic, science fiction creation, but a genuine examination of the human condition. The power of fear takes center stage here – the fear of war, of disease, of famine. Fear is a basic human nature, and has been exploited as a weapon – a method of control – for centuries. And for those who would use it, a masked man waits in the shadows to carry out your sentence. The verdict? Vengeance. “V for Vendetta” is a must-see.

  4. Seriously no one cares! Why are you wasting time filming anything with Milla thats isn’t Resident Evil. When this dud of a movie flops maybe we can get back to the Business at hand. Making more RE films. That is all!