Blakeney scripted, set to helm
NEW YORK — Liam Neeson will star with Sandra Bullock in “Gun Shy,” a black comedy financed by Buena Vista Intl. which will be distributed domestically by Disney. Oliver Platt is in talks to play the third lead, sources said.
In the film, Neeson will play a world weary DEA agent who is looking forward to retirement, but must get through one final difficult case before he can. The script was written by Eric Blakeney, who will direct.
Bullock plays a dual role in the production as producer with her sister, Gesine Bullock. The “Speed” star has been developing projects under her Fortis Films, and this is the latest to come to fruition.
“Gun Shy” will be Neeson’s next film, before he segues to starring alongside Catherine Zeta Jones and Lili Taylor in the Jan De Bont-directed “The Haunting of Hill House” for DreamWorks. He’ll next be seen serving as the centerpiece of the first new “Star Wars” film, which Fox opens May 21, 1999.
Bullock is about to open alongside Nicole Kidman in the Griffin Dunne-directed “Practical Magic” for Warner Bros. Neeson’s repped by ICM’s Ed Limato and Eddy Yablans. Bullock is CAA-repped.