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We've been waiting a while to see an adaptation of Lawrence Block’s A Walk Among The Tombstones. It was all the way back in summer in 2011 that the project started gearing up with I Am Number Four director D.J. Caruso attached to direct, but it has since hit a few pitfalls, including losing the director. Eventually Scott Frank, who made his directorial debut with The Lookout in 2007 and wrote films like Out of Sight and Get Shorty, became attached to helm and now the show is finally ready to go on the road.
Cross Creek Pictures and Exclusive Media have announced that production on the adaptation has begun in New York with Liam Neeson playing former NYPD cop and recovering alcoholic Matt Scudder. Joining him in the cast are Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens, Anna Karenina's Ruth Wilson, The Host's Boyd Holbrook, End of Watch's David Horbour, American Horror Story's Mark Consuelos, and X Factor's Astro.
A press release about the film has also revealed the official plot synopsis, which you can read in full below:
An ex-NYPD cop and recovering alcoholic haunted by regrets, Matt Scudder (Liam Neeson) has a lot to make up for. When a series of kidnappings targeting the wives of drug dealers escalates to grisly murder, Scudder reluctantly agrees to help a heroin trafficker (Dan Stevens) and his brother (Boyd Holbrook) hunt the two men down and bring them to bloody justice. An unlicensed private detective, Matt gets help from his former colleague (Ruth Wilson) and a homeless 17 year-old artist, TJ (Astro.) Operating just outside the law to track down the monsters responsible, Scudder stops just short of becoming one himself.
Matthew Scudder is the main character in many of Block's mystery novels, dating back to 1976's The Sins of the Fathers. Even though the character has appeared in 18 books this will be the first time that he has ever appeared on screen since in 1986's 8 Million Ways to Die with Jeff Bridges in the lead role.