Liam Neeson’s ‘Narco Sub’ Lands ‘Game of Thrones’ Director Brian Kirk
After struggling to secure a director for a while now, upcoming action thriller Narco Sub has hired Brian Kirk, known best for helming episodes of Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire. Liam Neeson is set to star in the new film, which will once again find him playing a government official taking on some very bad dudes.
The Wrap reports that Fox has signed Kirk to direct the film, based on a screenplay by Safe House scribe David Guggenheim. Narco Sub also has quite the powerhouse producing team, with Ridley Scott and Simon Kinberg both backing the project, which previously attracted the likes of Tony Scott and Antoine Fuqua. The report notes that Neeson will “most likely” star in the film, but given the premise, it kind of seems like an inevitability.
Human action figure Liam Neeson will be outfitted as naval officer this time around, forced by an Ecuadorian drug lord to sneak a submarine loaded with cocaine past the U.S. Coast Guard — hence the title, Narco Sub. You can basically just give Liam Neeson a leather jacket, a badge, a gun and a cell phone and it really doesn’t matter what the plot is at this point.
Kirk has directed episodes of Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, Dexter and Luther, and made his feature directorial debut with the drama Middletown. He was also previously developing Passengers, the sci-fi drama set to star Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, with The Imitation Game’s Morten Tyldum directing.