Looks like Relativity Media’s Hunter Killer may not just be looking for actors to fill the cast as was reported a few days ago, because after eight months of developing the project, director Phillip Noyce has decided to move onto other things, according to Clint Morris at the Australian website Moviehole.
Normally we might be dubious of a rumor like this appearing on a random website except that Morris was the one to originally break the story about Noyce helming the movie in the first place.
According to the story, Noyce has departed the project, an adaptation of Don Keith and George Wallace’s novel “Firing Point,” citing that it was “too close to other films he had already made” i.e. political action-thrillers like Salt and the Jack Ryan movies, but he’ll continue to work with Relativity on the love story Timeless, and he’s also developing the thriller Above Suspicion, written by Chris Gerolmo (Mississippi Burning).
Relativity Media were unavailable to comment but from what we understand, this was an amicable decision and the studio will be looking for another director to continue with the work Noyce has already done in order to fulfill the film’s December 21, 2012 release date.