McTiernan to Direct DEA Thriller ‘Red Squad’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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John McTiernan has signed to direct Hannibal Classics’ action project “Red Squad” following his expected release later this month from federal prison in North Dakota.

McTiernan — whose credits include “Die Hard,” “Predator” and “The Hunt for Red October” — in April 2013 started his prison sentence in connection with a case ordering Anthony Pellicano to wiretap producer Charles Roven while they were working on 2002’s “Rollerball.”

Hannibal Classics is selling the project in Berlin. Production is slated to begin in the spring in Mobile, Ala.

Hannibal chairman/CEO Richard Rionda Del Castro is producing with Michael Mendelsohn. Exec producers are Patricia Eberle, Hayley Arabia, Michael Tadross Jr., and Cam Cannon.

The film is financed by Patriot Pictures. Hannibal Classics is the worldwide sales agent and Hannibal Production is the production company.

Written by Cannon and Jorge Suarez, “Red Squad” centers on a former DEA agent with a rogue streak and his select team of mercenaries who descend upon a Mexican border town to neutralize a drug lord.

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  1. Kathleen Lane says:

    By the way John is in prison in South Dakota not North Dakota. He was sent to a place so obscure that people don’t even know it from its neighboring state. There is 100% more press coverage of his case in France than in the US. Major kudos to the production team who drafted this MVP from the depths of his prison cell and actually caused ink to spill on his behalf on American soil.

  2. Kathleen Lane says:

    The cinematic world has suffered a loss of intensity since the government disappeared one of our great directors. We eagerly await the return of a true American voice. If he was hired to direct a soap commercial I would make sure I tuned in and then bought that soap.

  3. Yeah VERY GOOD NEWS!!!!!!
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