Does Liam Neeson look like the kind of guy you’d want to mess with? I doubt it. So I pity the fool who threatens his family in RETRIBUTION, Studiocanal’s remake of the Spanish thriller El Deconocido for which Neeson has just signed on to star, the Tracking Board has confirmed.
Written by Chris Salmanpour and Andrew Baldwin, Retribution follows a successful Wall Street executive who’s on his way to work when he discovers that a bomb has been planted in his car. He’s subsequently forced to follow a series of orders throughout the day, or else the mysterious bomber will be detonate the device. The situation is even more dire because the man’s family is in the car with him.
Studiocanal is financing the film and co-producing with The Picture Company and Ombra Films, whose Jaume Collet-Serra and Juan Sola will produce with TPC’s Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman. Didier Lupfer, Ron Halpern and Shana Eddy will oversee on behalf of Studiocanal.
Retribution will be executive produced by Atresmedia Cine as well as Vaca Films, which produced El Deconocido. Drawing comparisons to Speed, the original movie earned acclaim throughout Spain in 2015.
Neeson has worked with Rona and Heineman before on Unknown, Non-Stop and Lionsgate’s upcoming thriller The Commuter, all of which were directed by Collet-Serra.
Neeson, who is coming off turns in Silence and A Monster Calls, will soon be seen as Mark “Deep Throat” Felt in Peter Landesman’s Watergate movie Felt. Represented by CAA and Artist Rights Group, the Irish actor is currently filming the action thriller Hard Powder.
The Retribution news was first reported by Deadline.
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