Movie News in 60 Seconds: Liam Neeson, Air Marshal; ‘MacGruber’ Director Readies for ‘The Great Unknown’; President Obama, Movie Host

Movie News in 60 Seconds: Liam Neeson, Air Marshal; ‘MacGruber’ Director Readies for ‘The Great Unknown’; President Obama, Movie Host

Apr 04, 2012

The Grey

Secret Agent of the Air: The last time he was in an airplane, it crashed in a frozen wilderness surrounded by wolves (The Grey, above), so we hope Liam Neeson has better luck next time in the thriller Non-Stop. He’s in negotiations to star as a “worn-out air marshal” on an international flight, which would, we suppose, distinguish him from the air marshals played for cheap laughs in Bridesmaids, Due Date, Get Smart, and Anger Management. [Showblitz]

Into the Unknown: Director Jorma Taccone established his reputation on the basis of his video shorts (as part of Lonely Island) for Saturday Night Live, making his feature debut with MacGruber. Now he will helm the big-screen adaptation of Duncan Rouleau’s witty and imaginative comic book series The Great Unknown, which revolves around a character who comes to believe that ideas for amazing inventions are being stolen directly from his mind. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Look Out, Robert Osborne: The classic 1962 drama To Kill a Mockingbird, starring Gregory Peck, has been digitally remastered and restored and will be broadcast Saturday, April 7, on the USA Network, introduced by President Barack Obama. Yes, the President Obama. Could this be a future career path in case he doesn’t win re-election? [Los Angeles Times]

It’s Hammerin’ Time: Nearly 30 years ago, Barry Levinson directed the classic baseball movie The Natural, starring Robert Redford, which outraged some with the liberties taken with its source material (Bernard Malamud’s acclaimed novel). Levinson is now set to direct a movie based on the true story of Hall-of-Famer Hank Aaron’s long chase in the 1970s to break the career home run record set by Babe Ruth, an effort tainted by racial prejudice. [Showblitz]

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