Prisoners Gets a New Director


For a long time, Training Day director Antoine Fuqua was going to helm the vigilante thriller Prisoners for Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros., but he dropped out last year. According to the L.A. Times‘ “24 Frames” blog, Oscar-nominated Incendies director Denis Villeneuve has taken over those reins.

Based on a script by Aaron Guzikowski, the film is about working-class Boston father whose daughter and her friend are kidnapped, but when he believes the detective botched the case, he in turn takes the man he believes responsible as a hostage.

Leonardo DiCaprio was originally going to star in the film and the likes of Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale have been mentioned in key roles, but producer Andrew Kosove has said that DiCaprio probably won’t be doing the movie and they’re looking to cast other actors to start shooting in the fall.

Villeneuve’s drama about a pair of twins who reexplore their roots in the Middle East has received nearly unanimous raves by everyone who has seen it. Ironically enough, it opens in New York and Los Angeles today, and you can read’s recent interview with Villeneuve here.