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Liam Neeson’s ‘Commuter’ Draws Jaume Collet-Serra to Direct

Jaume Collet-Serra will direct Liam Neeson thriller “The Commuter” for Studiocanal and the Picture Company with filming expected to start in the summer.

It’s the fourth collaboration between Neeson and Collet-Serra, who teamed up on last year’s “Run All Night,” 2013’s “Nonstop” and 2011’s “Unknown.”

The Picture Company’s Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman are producing. Collet-Serra will also be executive producer along with his Ombra Films partner Juan Sola.

Lionsgate bought U.S. rights for “The Commuter” and the completed “Our Kind of Traitor,” starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts, in November at the American Film Market.

The Commuter” centers on a businessman caught up in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute home. The script has been written by Byron Willinger and Phil de Blasi.

Collet-Serra, a native of Spain, has been in post-production on Sony’s “The Shallows.” The film stars Blake Lively and Óscar Jaenada. Shooting began in October in New South Wales, Australia. The film is scheduled to be released on June 24.

His other credits include the “House of Wax” remake in 2005 and 2009’s “Orphan.”

Neeson wrapped production in May on Martin Scorsese’s “Silence,” in which he plays a Portuguese priest in 17th-century Japan.

Collet-Serra is repped by CAA, Mangement 360 and attorney Gretchen Rush. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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