French director Pierre Morel is currently in talks to helm action thriller THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD. If a deal is agreed, the director (of parkour sensation DISTRICT 13 and Liam Neeson’s revenge-fuelled TAKEN) will tell the story of a bodyguard assigned to protect an assassin for hire, who has agreed to testify against a former government official.
The project could be Morel’s first big-screen directing effort, since FROM PARIS WITH LOVE bombed at the box-office. He’s been involved in the production of upcoming television project ZERO HOUR, and is developing a small-screen retelling of historical epic WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR. Morel is also on the shortlist to direct Denzel Washington as Robert McCall in a remake of the 80s action series THE EQUALIZER, which shoots early next year. THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD has a script by Tom O’Connor.