Taken director Pierre Morel is set to direct Sean Penn in a new action thriller called Prone Gunman. The movie will be an adaptation of the 1981 novel written by Jean-Patrick Manchette. The film seems like something Morel would take on, as it tells the story of a betrayed covert op who has to rely on his survival skills as he's being hunted across Europe. It's interesting that Penn is going to take on the part, as it seems like a different role for the actor. The script for the film was written by Dredd screenwriter Peter Travis.
Here's a description of the book:
Martin Terrier is a hired killer who wants out of the game—so he can settle down and marry his childhood sweetheart. After all, that’s why he took up this profession! But the Organization won’t let him go: they have other plans. Once again, the gunman must assume the prone shooting position. A tour de force, this violent tale shatters as many illusions about life and politics as bodies.
Sounds like an interesting project. What do you think about Penn taking on an action/thriller role like this following in the footsteps of Liam Neeson?