Roughly a year ago, ComingSoon.net spoke with director Pierre Morel about his upcoming action-thriller Taken and neither of us could possibly have had any idea at the time that the movie would explode and become such a huge sleeper hit in the United States nine months after its release in Europe.
At the time, Morel had just finished shooting From Paris With Love, his third pairing with long-time partner, producer Luc Besson, a secret agent action-comedy that brings together the unlikely pairing of John Travolta with Jonathan Rhys Meyers. The latter plays a Cambridge-educated government agent who wants to move up the ranks in the world of espionage. He is tested by being teamed with a new partner in Travolta’s Charlie Fox, an outrageously crazy wild card who does absolutely nothing by the book as they chase after drug dealers and a terrorist ring. It has all the great action set pieces Morel’s fans have come to expect following Taken and his first movie, District B13–oddly, that movie’s sequel is being released in the States on the same day. It’s still very much a movie that acts as a travelogue of Paris, while also harking back to the great action flicks of the ’90s like Die Hard and Lethal Weapon with a bit of John Woo thrown in for good measure. It’s the latter which will probably be the best reference since it allows Travolta to show off some of his first action moves since starring in Woo’s Broken Arrow and Face/Off.
ComingSoon.net sat down with Morel in New York City to talk about the movie and we also talked a little bit about how his life has changed since the success of Taken, including the filmmaker scoring the dream gig of bringing a new version of Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi epic Dune to the big screen.
Here are some of the things we discussed in this exclusive video interview:
* How From Paris With Love is Morel’s first movie to open in the U.S. before France
From Paris With Love opens nationwide on Friday, February 5.