This year’s John Wick inspired female kick-ass action thriller, Atomic Blonde, seems to have awoken something in the male-centric world of Hollywood, the has met with positive reactions without even hitting the big screens yet but already Taken director, Pierre Morel has signed up to take the helm in the next female lead actioner, Peppermint.
The simple synopsis for the film reads; Peppermint is a revenge story centering on a young mother who finds herself with nothing to lose and is now going to take from her rivals the very life they stole from her.
Morel signed on the dotted line after a ferocious bidding war for the rights amongst the independent and major studio’s which eventually saw Lakeshore get their hands on the project which they hope to get production up and running by the autumn. A female lead has yet to be announced, but we can safely say Charlize Theron would most likely be out of the running but we can almost guarantee a big named actress will certainly be offered the role, with Morel at the helm they shouldn’t be too short of interest.
Morel also directed Sean Penn’s thriller The Gunman, the French-language thriller District 13, and the upcoming Overdrive, starring Scott Eastwood and Ana de Armas, which he shot in France, with the heavy French influence Morel brings to his films can we see a little French sophistication gracing this female action thriller?
Chad St. John, a co-writer on the Olympus has Fallen sequel, London Has Fallen, which was led by Gerard Butler, penned the script for the project, which will be produced by Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, Richard Wright and Eric Reid. Renee Tab and Chris Tuffin of Sentient Entertainment are executive producing Peppermint.