by: Madison Barnes
Ethan Hawke will lead the action-drama LEFT FOR DEAD, the story about a former marksman-turned-hitman who’s enlisted to protect his boss’s family. His character soon realizes he’s gotten in over his head, and must solely rely on his shooting skills to keep himself and the family alive. Hawke is no stranger to action films, and it’s good to see him step away from the horror genre and do what he does best. BMP Inc. has signed on to produce the flick, and Brian Horiuchi is penning the script.
This is sure to be a hit, with cross-genre appeal as both an action-adventure story and one with deep family elements woven in. Hawke is known for making some truly great action/dramatic films such as “Training Day,” “Before Midnight (Sunset; Sunrise),” “Gattaca,” “Dead Poets Society,” and some more superficially satisfying films like “Sinister,” “Assault on Precinct 13,” and “What Doesn’t Kill You.” He never worries about pretense, and always aims to give audiences an entertaining experience. That being said, I can’t imagine him not delivering this time around.
Hawke has recently made a name for himself in the horror genre, with films like “Daybreakers,” “Sinister,” and “The Purge,” and though we love seeing him run around scaring us, the gimmicks and shadows can quickly get old. It’s good to see him leave the supernatural behind (at least for a little while) and come back to the world we all live in.
Craig Baumgarten has signed on to produce the film, and is bringing his decades of experience to the table, with credits spanning all the way back to the ’70’s. His action films of the past include the “Universal Soldier” franchise with Jeane-Claude van Damme, “Hook” for Steven Spielberg in 1991, “Shooter” in 1995 with Dolph Lundgren, and the 2003 version of “Peter Pan,” among others.
The film doesn’t have a release date yet, as it still needs a director, but we’re sure to see this soon with the big names already attached. Stay tuned to the Tracking Board for all updates related to the film.