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Sean Penn isn’t exactly known for making action movies, but he’s going to follow in Liam Neeson’s footsteps with Prone Gunman, a film that will be directed by Taken’s Pierre Morel.
The Hollywood Reporter confirmed on Monday that Morel will direct the film. It will be produced by Joel Silver and Andrew Rona of Silver Pictures and is based on Jean-Patrick Manchette’s novel.
The project is Penn’s first time starring in what could be an action film franchise. According to Indiewire, the Oscar winner was attached to the film last year. He will play Martin Terrier, an international operative whose employer turns its back on him. He then leads them in a wild chase throughout Europe.
Morel successfully helped Neeson launch a new career as an action star with 2008’s Taken. However, his last film was the 2010 flop From Paris With Love, which starred John travolta. Morel did not direct 2012’s Taken 2.
Silver and Studio Canal are financing the film. Silver recently signed a distribution deal with Universal, but its not clear if this new project will be released under the deal.
Penn recently starred in Gangster Squad and has been trying to make The Comedian, a directorial project that would star Robert De Niro and Kristen Wiig.