I hate to pigeonhole Joe Wright, but the evidence is incontrovertible: He’s a pansy white boy director. The Golden Globe-nominated director has directed Pride and Prejudice, Atonement and The Soloist, a movie with about as much edge as Christina Hendricks’ figure. So, it’s something of a surprise to learn that he’s in talks to direct an action thriller, which is tantamount to hiring Michael Bay to direct Dangerous Liaisons: Lust. Seduction. Kabooms!
But in talks, he is — to direct Hanna, a movie that both Danny Boyle and Alfonso Cuaron have mulled over in the past. And because all action movies in some way must be compared to Bourne, this one is being described as Bourne meets La Femme Nikita, although I might prefer a movie described as Matt Damon meets a younger Anne Parillaud. Let’s call it an erotic thriller.
Anyway, the story — according to THR — centers on a “14-year-old Eastern European girl who has been raised by her father to be a cold-blooded killing machine. She connects with a French family, forms a friendship with their daughter and goes through the pangs of adolescence. When the girl is dragged back to her father’s world and discovers that she was bred as a killing machine in a CIA prison camp, she must fight her way to a free life.”
Huh. That does sound like Bourne meets La Femme Nikita. And with Joe Wright attached, I bet there’ll be corsets involved, too.