When You'll See Liam Neeson Shoot Someone Again, and More...
- Liam Neeson has the date when he'll next be required to get angry with a phone and a gun: February 21. That's when Universal is releasing Non-Stop, the thriller where Liam Neeson plays an in-flight air marshall who, in direct defiance of what the pilot said to do, leaves his phone on and begins receiving anonymous text threats that a passenger will die every twenty minutes. Liam, the texts are coming from the plane itself! (Maybe?)
- Chris Columbus is reportedly in talks to direct Pixels, the long-planned adaptation of this short about pixelated creatures and pixels themselves overtaking New York City and beyond. Adam Sandler is producing the project, if you were wondering who might play the guy in pixel gym shorts with the beautiful 8-bit wife.
- The task of telling Johnny Depp which direction to do the schtick for Pirates of the Caribbean 5 has been given to Norwegian directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg. The duo last year were nominated for an Oscar for Kon-Tiki, a cross-Pacific tale that reportedly helped them win the job by proving "they knew how to shoot on the water." By that logic, I'd have gone with whoever did Captain Ron, but fair enough.
- Tracy Morgan will return to televised belligerence with Death Pact, an FX comedy series in which he'll star "as a formerly lazy, pot-dealing assistant high school coach, who returns to his hometown as a decorated war hero. He runs across three down-on-their-luck friends and former students and sucks them into his new radical self-help philosophy, which involves harsh consequences for failure." Hey, I bet it's death!