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It looks like Clive Owen's days as an action hero aren't over yet. The British actor has signed on to star in 'Recall' for Moonstone Entertainment. The story revolves around a NSA agent trying to sift through the ashes of a hostage situation gone terribly wrong. The film was written by Paul Schrader ('Taxi Driver,' 'Raging Bull') with Harold Becker ('Sea of Love,' 'Mercury Rising') directing. The distribution for 'Recall' has been sold to a number of territories during the American Film Market; oddly however, one of the territories not yet sold is North America.
I still like the idea of Clive Owen as an action star. He's got the right look and I think he has the chops to handle large-scale action scripts, 'The Killer Elite' notwithstanding. I even enjoy the cartoony, and completely absurd, 'Shoot 'Em Up.' But what is really exciting about this bit of news is that the script is being written by Paul Schrader. In addition to the many scripts he wrote for Martin Scorsese, Schrader wrote one of my all time favorite exploitation films and actually one of my favorite films in any category: 'Rolling Thunder.' If you haven't seen this 1977 gem starring William Devane and a very young Tommy Lee Jones, I suggest you drop what you're doing and track it down. But as to 'Recall' itself, the synopsis we've been given so far seems pretty run-of-the-mill. But taking an ordinary concept and making it something extraordinary on the page is precisely Shrader's strength.
Do you guys like Owen as an action hero? Have any of you seen 'Rolling Thunder?'