Who wants to see Taken in space? There’s really almost no other way to describe Lock Out, the new film* set to be produced by Luc Besson. The Wrap reports Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace, Peter Stormare, and Tom Hollander will star in the film, which will be co-directed by Stephen St. Leger and James Mather. Hit the jump for more details.
The plot synopsis sounds an awful lot like material we’ve seen before:
The film takes place in a prison that is orbiting 50 miles above Earth and houses 500 of the world’s most dangerous prisoners who are kept asleep by sophisticated methods until they suddenly awaken, causing all hell to break loose.
Deadline provides a bit more detail on Pearce’s character:
Guy Pearce is attached to play a man wrongly convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the U.S. He’s offered his freedom if he can rescue the president’s daughter from an outer space prison taken over by violent inmates.
Maggie Grace starred in Besson’s surprise hit Taken opposite Liam Neeson and is attached to that film’s eventual sequel, so it makes sense she would want to remain in the EuropaCorp family for a while; she seems to have a solid working relationship with them.
St. Leger and Mather don’t have many films under their belt as directors – they’ve only collaborated on one project before, 2004’s Prey Alone – but Besson is known for setting up new talent and taking fresh-faced directors under his wing. The pair co-wrote the script with Besson, and the budget for the film is expected to be around 30 million dollars. Filming starts September 7th of this year.
What do you think about the potential of Lock Out?
*Deadline types the title as Lockout, but IMDB currently has it listed as two words.