It's a drag to cite precedent, but with "King Arthur," "Shoot 'Em Up," "The International" and the recent dud "Killer Elite," actor and all-around handsome dude Clive Owen has had more than his shot to become the next big-screen tough guy.
Despite proving in all these movies that he has action chops and can handle a weapon, the charismatic Brit just can't seem to put arses in the cinema. But movie folk in Hollywood haven't given up hope Owen can be restored to his "Children of Men" glory days. Variety now reports that he's locked and loaded for action-thriller "Recall."
This new stab at glory for Owen is written by Paul Schrader, most famous for his collaborations with Martin Scorsese on four films (including "Taxi Driver"), and will be directed by Harold Becker ("Sea of Love"). "Recall" is being packaged by Moonstone Entertainment in Europe, Asia, and other parts of the world so it can begin shooting in Bulgaria and Washington D.C. by mid-March. Becker and Schrader previously collaborated on the 1996 political drama "City Hall," which starred Al Pacino and John Cusack.
The tense-sounding pic chronicles "an NSA agent trying to piece together the events of a botched hostage rescue operation. As the agent begins to recall events and unearth the truth, he finds he can trust neither his fellow soldiers nor his own mind."
We're hopeful that "Recall" might be the surprise hit Owen needs to get back on top, but even if it's not, you know what they say: "If at first you don't succeed, shoot and shoot again."