Michael Keaton’s ‘American Assassin’ Gets September Release Date

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Lionsgate and CBS Films have set a Sept. 15 release date for “American Assassin,” starring Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan, and Taylor Kitsch.

“Kill the Messenger” helmer Michael Cuesta directed the thriller from a screenplay by Stephen Schiff. Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Nick Wechsler are producing the film. Based on Vince Flynn’s novel, the movie follows Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Keaton), who would be the most feared training officer in the CIA if more than a handful of people at the agency actually knew of his existence.

As the story begins, Hurley’s deputy director (Lathan) tasks him with training a black ops recruit devastated by the loss of his fiancée to a terrorist attack. The pair is eventually dispatched on a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent — played by actress Shiva Negar — to stop a mysterious operative (played by Kitsch) from starting World War III in the Middle East.

Published by Atria Books and in paperback by Pocket Books, both imprints of Simon & Schuster, “American Assassin” is one of 14 novels set in the world of counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp, who is being portrayed by O’Brien. The Kennedy character is in all the novels.

“American Assassin” is the second title to land on the date. Sony is also opening Ice Age survival story “The Solutrean” on the same date.

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  3. “American Assassin” based on the premise should be titled “American Cliche”. Unless the story is rescued by outstanding performances, cinematography, direction, etc…this film will be released on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime (actually) and quickly forgotten. Michael Keaton deserves a good film, here. Will this be one? Hmm.

    • Tiffany says:

      The plot doesn’t need to be “rescued.” There’s nothing wrong with it. In fact, the film being centered on an American killing terrorists might attract a lot of folks in middle America, particularly right now, when many out there are more worried about/focused on terrorism than ever. That aside, it’s an assassin/action film. From what I can tell, people don’t seem to tire of those, no matter what the plot.

      As for Michael Keaton, he certainly does deserve a good film. And he literally refused to sign onto this until he felt the quality was there. He did an interview last year where he admitted he worked with the director on the script (a few times) before signing on.

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