While you may not know writer/director Scott Frank by name, there's a very good chance that you're familiar with his work. In addition to writing the screenplays for great movies like Barry Sonnenfeld's Get Shorty, Steven Soderbergh's Out Of Sight, Harold Becker's Malice, Steven Spielberg's Minority Report and James Mangold's The Wolverine, he also made his directorial debut with the tightly-scripted, tense Joseph Gordon-Levitt thriller The Lookout. While that last film was all the way back in 2007, finally Frank is coming back with his latest directorial effort, A Walk Among The Tombstones, starring Liam Neeson. The movie won't be arriving in theaters until the fall, but from the look of this debut trailer above it can't get here soon enough.
Based on the novel of the same name by Lawrence Block, A Walk Among The Tombstones stars Neeson as Matt Scudder, a former cop who was forced to retire after a confrontation with criminals ended with the death of an innocent bystander. Working as an unlicensed private detective to make ends meet, he finds himself in an interesting situation when he is approached by a drug kingpin who wants him to discover the identity of the psychotics who kidnapped and murdered his wife. In case you can't tell, there isn't a ton of sunshine and lollipops to be found in this story.
Ever since he appeared in Taken, Liam Neeson has completely rebranded himself as a badass action hero, and this looks to be very much a continuation of the trend. That said, this film also seems to be operating at a slightly higher level than more poppy action films like Taken 2 or Non-Stop. While the cop-turned-private eye character has been in Hollywood for decades and decades, A Walk Among The Tombstones' Matt Scudder looks like a character that Neeson can really sink his teeth into (though that may just be my bias as a Scott Frank fan showing through).
In addition to debuting the trailer you see at the top of the page, Apple has also debuted the brand new poster for the film, which you can see below. It's not the most creative design you'll ever see, but it definitely does get across the very, very dark tone of the film.
In addition to Liam Neeson, A Walk Among The Tombstones also stars Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey), Boyd Holbrook (Hatfield and McCoys), and David Harrbour (The Newsroom). Universal Pictures will have the film in theaters on September 19th.