According to Deadline, Academy Award-nominated actor Liam Neeson (Schindler’s List, Taken) has officially signed on for the lead role in Casino Royale director Martin Campbell’s newest action-thriller film titled Memory, which will be an English-language remake of the 2003 Dutch film The Memory of a Killer. This marks Campbell’s latest action film after three years since directing the Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan-led film The Foreigner in 2017.
This project will add to the growing list of Neeson’s upcoming action films including Mark Williams’ Honest Thief, Robert Lorenz’s The Marksman, and Jonathan Hensleigh’s The Ice Road starring alongside Laurence Fishburne.
In the Memory film, Neeson is set to portray the role of an expert assassin with a reputation for discreet precision. When he refuses to complete a job for a dangerous criminal organization, he suddenly becomes a target and must go on the hunt for those who want him dead. The English remake is written by Dario Scardapane.
The original film The Memory of a Killer was also called The Alzheimer Case which was based on the novel by Belgian writer Jef Geeraerts. It was directed by Erik Van Looy and starred Jan Decleir and Koen De Bouw, who played the roles of Angelo Ledda and Det. Eric Vincke. The original followed the story of retired hitman Angelo Ledda, who agreed to one last killing despite learning that he has developed an Alzheimer’s disease. When he refuses to kill his second target, his employer sent another hitman to finish the job and to also kill him. In his attempt to seek revenge against his employer, he must battle through his worsening Alzheimer’s condition and the police.
Memory will be executive produced by Black Bear Pictures’ Teddy Schwarzman, Michael Heimler and Ben Stillman with Rupert Maconick, Arthur Sarkissian and Welle Entertainment’s Cathy Schulman set as producers. STXinternational will be handling international sales for the film.
Production is expected to begin in August.