I loved The Fighter with Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale last year, and thought Warrior might not compare that well to it being released relatively soon after it, but I was so wrong. I think I might even prefer Warrior, and it definitely had an even stronger impact whilst watching it in the cinema.
So as you can imagine, the news that Gavin O’Connor is heading back behind the camera for a new project is most definitely very welcome. The Playlist report that O’Connor and co-writer Michael J. Wilson (Ice Age) have sold their spec script for a new film called The Samurai to Warner Bros. The film will focus on,
“a rogue assassin named Townes Joyce, who breaks out of a Texas jail that puts him on the run from an international manhunt. Along the way, he gets involved with a woman and her child, and they go along for a ride that spans Costa Rica, Colombia, Paris and back to the U.S.”
I’m not entirely sure where the title, The Samurai, comes into the film, but that of course will probably become more obvious when we see it. At the very least, it sounds like the film has a lot of potential, and O’Connor, who co-wrote and also starred in Warrior, is clearly a name to be looking out for. His work on Warrior was flawless, and I can’t wait to see what he does next. He’s thought to be planning on making The Samurai his next return behind the camera, so hopefully we won’t have to long to see this project come to fruition.
If you haven’t seen it yet and your local cinema is still showing it, I’d definitely recommend doing yourself a favour and going to see Warrior. Everything about it is simultaneously perfect and immense.