Kevin Costner's Midnight Delivery Smuggles In A BAFTA-Winning Director
I know some of you out there have been sitting on your crossed fingers, just waiting to see Kevin Costnerís career follow in the thriller star-renaissance footsteps of Liam Neeson. Well thereís no need to hold your breath any longer, because Universalís Costner-starring thriller Midnight Delivery has found its director in British filmmaker Otto Bathurst, making it his first proper feature, and probably an overdue one, considering how strong his TV work has been over the years.
Guillermo Del Toro is producing the film along with David Linde, which speaks to Bathurstís keen eye for direction. He was nominated for the BAFTA for his work on the brooding 2007 mystery drama Five Days, itself nominated for a Golden Globe that year, and won the BAFTA for 2008ís crime drama Criminal Justice. Most recently, he directed the first three episodes of the U.K. historical crime series Peaky Blinders, for which The Weinstein Company recently nabbed the U.S. TV rights, so people can get to know his work a little better.
Bathurst at the helm definitely adds appeal to Midnight Delivery, which sounds on paper like one of the 17 direct-to-video flicks Danny Trejo puts out in a year between the Hollywood movies. In it, Costner will play a father whose estranged daughter is taken captive by a Columbian gang. How does he get her back? He has to smuggle a shipment of cocaine on a midnight flight to London. Iím assuming heís working under the threat of "or else!"
The script was written by Neil Cross from a story Del Toro wrote, or possibly farted out in his sleep, the way that guy works. Cross writes for the brilliant BBC detective series Luther, and also penned the Del Toro-produced Mama which came out at the beginning of the year. Iím sure the story is unhinged enough to work on a certain level, no matter who directs it, but itís good to know someone well learned in dark thrillers will be in charge here. Expect some more casting news to hit soon, as most of Costnerís upcoming features are already in post-production.
As a post-script, my favorite thing Bathurst worked on was the episode "The National Anthem" of the profoundly disturbing anthology series Black Mirror, in which reality is heightened to perverse and satirical peaks unlike anything else on TV. The shocks are certainly caused by the story, which I wonít even hint at, but the direction is still striking and well-balanced. Take a peek at the preview below, and then find a way to watch it. You might just hate me and everything else afterward.
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