John McTiernan is one of the few filmmakers who knows how to make an action movie that doesn't suck.
The director, whose credits include Predator, Die Hard, and The Hunt for Red October, just signed on to helm the new action thriller Shrapnel (not to be confused with Len Wiseman's graphic novel-based sci-fi project of the same name).
Written by Evan Daugherty, the film follows two war veterans who hunt each other down in a game of cat and mouse. There will no doubt be lots of grunting and explosions. Paul Breuls and Anthony Rhulen will produce the picture.
"From the first time we read Evan's script, we believed we had the makings of a hit action film. With John McTiernan involved, the financing fell into place, and we expect to announce casting very soon," Rhulen told Variety.
Now that news is all fine and dandy, but one thing remains uncertain: McTiernan has a few legal issues to clear up. On October 4, the director faces sentencing after pleading guilty to making false statements to law enforcement officials during an investigation of Hollywood private detective Anthony Pellicano. Shrapnel's progress will likely depend on the outcome of the ruling.
Regardless, it's exciting to know that McTiernan will be behind a camera again, especially since most action films that hit theaters these days seem to be the same old, run-of-the-mill routine. Though the fore mentioned plotline sounds a bit thin, so did the loglines of most of his hits. It's his skill with the camera, his ability to create cinematic tension and his knowledge of the genre's conventions that have always made his movies better than the average actioner. Hopefully McTiernan can reinvigorate the action flick once again so that he can remind guys everywhere that his legacy shouldn't be defined by Rollerball.
Production company FilmEngine is re-opening the case of Marilyn Monroe's death. Variety reports that Marilyn will be penned by John Ryan Jr., a filmmaker-producer who is Anthony Rhulen's partner at FilmEngine.
The company has optioned the life rights of Lionel Grandison, a deputy Los Angeles coroner who claims he was forced to falsify Monroe's death certificate to say it was a suicide rather than murder. Grandison also contends that he read Monroe's diary, which was given to him in order to help find her next of kin. He was in possession of the diary for several days. Grandison is still alive, but the diary could not be found.
The Marilyn project brings Grandison's story to the big-screen for the first time. His involvement with Monroe's case has been mentioned in several books. Her death is one of the great mysteries of Hollywood and American culture. A voluptuous vixen and beloved sex symbol with worldwide notoriety, Monroe's tragic passing has been the subject of many works of non-fiction that delve into the possible cover-up and conspiracy surrounding her death and the star herself has been the subject of fans affections for years.