Denis Villeneuve is getting some pretty impressive raves for his recent drama, Incendies, and he’s looking to wade into significantly darker territory with his next project.
According to the LA Times, Villeneuve will direct Prisoners, a vigilante thriller that’s set up with Warner Bros. and “The Blind Side” producer Alcon Entertainment, according to a person who was briefed on the project but not authorized to talk publicly about it. Alcon principal and “Prisoners” producer Andrew Kosove confirmed that Villeneuve will come aboard and called “Incendies” “the best movie made last year, in my opinion.”
Based on Aaron Guzikowski’s Black List script, “Prisoners” tells of a working-class Boston father whose young daughter is kidnapped, along with her friend. Frustrated by a local detective’s handling of the case, the father takes as a hostage the man he believes committed the crimes. The movie would mark the English-language debut for Villeneuve, who has earned acclaim for the three features that preceded “Incendies.” The Black List is an annual compendium of Hollywood’s top unproduced screenplays.
Various stars have been attached to “Prisoners” since the project was first put into active development in 2009, with Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale at one point lined up to play the father and the detective, respectively. “Training Day” director Antoine Fuqua was on board to direct “Prisoners” before he left to helm another film.
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