I can’t speak for everyone, but I’d personally be perfectly happy if the rest of Liam Neeson’s career was consumed by schlocky B-grade thrillers. The man is a tremendously talented actor… but really, the chief appeal for me comes in seeing him run around ending bad guys with a range of weapons. Taken is a sterling example, but far from the only one. The A-Team star seems to be enjoying these gigs too, and now he’s hooked up with that summer blockbuster’s director, Joe Carnahan, for an iced-over adventure through wolf territory in the Alaskan wilderness.
The Grey, which is something that Carnahan first started talking about in detail while he was doing press for The A-Team, is now officially greenlit, Deadline reports. Production kicks off in Canada next week on the indie-budgeted film, which the director hopes to have in the can following a quick 40-day shoot. Neeson will star alongside Dallas Roberts, James Badge Dale, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo, Nonso Anozie and Joe Anderson, all of them playing oil-rig workers who find themselves in a survival scenario.
Carnahan spoke at length about the film in an interview last year with MTV. “It’s essentially about this group of guys who work on the oil rigs in Alaska and are flying back to civilization after being out there for a number of months. The 737 they’re on goes down, and the survivors begin being hunted by this pack of rogue wolves, grey wolves,” he explained. “A buddy of mine wrote a short story that I optioned from him, and I did all this research.”
That research is what sold him on telling a story in which a pack of wolves is the enemy. “The territoriality of wolves is stunning – they have a 300-mile territorial range and a 30 mile kill-range; if you’re in that range, they’re coming for you. It’s amazing that this stuff has not been documented, to the level of how these wolves operate, and I was just fascinated by it. I saw it as a survival/monster movie.”
“The most interesting aspect to me of this particular movie is these wolves are not killing them for food; they’re just murdering them, because they’re a threat,” Carnahan continued. “They’re not scavenging for food; they’re killing [these humans] and then moving on. It’s a bleak movie, but it’s couched within the diameter of an action film; an adventure movie. A Jack London Call of the Wild or something like that. I tried not to get too existential with it; you’ve got to entertain people.”
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