Halle Berry's going action heroine for a new adventure. Thankfully, it's not Catwoman 2, but a high-octane thriller called simply Kidnap. You can probably guess its premise from there.
THR reports out of Cannes that Halle Berry has signed on to front Kidnap, a thriller that will follow the harrowing journey of a mother who will stop at nothing to recover her kidnapped son. No further plot details are being released at present, but it sounds to us like Kidnap might be Berry's Taken, or possibly her Ransom.
Helming Kidnap is Spanish director Luis Prieto, who has made movies in Spain and Italy, but is best-known for his UK-created Pusher. The 2012 crime thriller was set in London and centered on a drug dealer whose life goes into spin when a major deal goes wrong. The film ultimately received mixed reviews for critics, but did catch the eye of Hollywood. Kidnap will mark Prieto's first American production.
The script comes from Knate Gwaltney, whose only previous credit as a screenwriter comes on his directorial debut Cardboard Boxer. This drama stars Thomas Haden Church and Terrence Howard, and follows a homeless man who is encouraged to fight his homeless peers for the amusement of a pack of wealthy (and clearly vile) young people. This film is currently in post-production and could hit theaters later this year.
The foreign rights to Kidnap are currently for sale at the Cannes Film Market. Di Bonaventura Pictures, which has had a hand in producing G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Red 2, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and the upcoming Transformers: Age of Extinction will be producing the pic. And as you can see, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura and his team have a lot of experience with crafting action flicks, which is good news for Berry.
The Academy Award-winner has hit a rough patch in her career following her win for Monster's Ball. Catwoman hit in 2004 and earned her critical scorn while proving a massive flop. Later came a slew of forgettable films like the critically loathed Perfect Stranger, the box office dud Things We Lost In the Fire, the long delayed Frankie & Alice, and shark-centric thriller Dark Tide.
However, Halle Berry might be at the beginning of a career renaissance. Last year, she had a hit with the kidnapping thriller The Call. Not only did the $13 million movie make $51 mil domestic and $68 worldwide, but also it was surprisingly engaging. Of course she'll soon reprise her role as Storm in the guaranteed hit X-Men: Days of Future Past. And she's poised to make her mark on television with a new CBS series Extant.
Basically, momentum is building, and Kidnap could very well help Halle Berry win back the spotlight.