Killshot (film)

Killshot (film)

Infobox Film
name = Killshot


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director = John Madden
producer = Lawrence Bender Richard N. Gladstein
writer = Hossein Amini
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starring = Diane Lane Mickey Rourke Thomas Jane Rosario Dawson Joseph Gordon-Levitt
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cinematography = Caleb Deschanel
editing =
distributor = The Weinstein Company Metro Goldwyn Mayer
released = 2009
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country = United States
language = English
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amg_id = 1:327654
imdb_id = 0443559

"Killshot" is a 2008 thriller film based on the 1989 novel "Killshot" by Elmore Leonard. The film is directed by John Madden and stars Diane Lane and Thomas Jane as a couple who, despite being in a witness protection program, are discovered by the criminal they outed, portrayed by Mickey Rourke.

Cast

*Diane Lane - Carmen Colson
*Mickey Rourke - Armand "The Blackbird" Degas
*Thomas Jane - Wayne Colson
*Rosario Dawson - Donna
*Joseph Gordon-Levitt - Richie Nix

Production

The film adaptation of the 1989 novel "Killshot" by Elmore Leonard began development as early as May 1997 under Miramax Films, [cite news | author=Joseph Steuer | title=MIRAMAX SLATE INCLUDES GOODING, KIDMAN, SILVERSTONE | publisher=Los Angeles Times | date=1997-05-13 ] who had optioned Leonard's novel.cite news | author=Carole E. Barrowman | title=Takes Five; Elmore Leonard | publisher=Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | date=2005-06-01 ] By September 2004, the film adaptation entered active development, with director John Madden expressing interest in helming. [cite news | author=Dana Harris | url=http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117910133.html?categoryid=1236&cs=1 | title=Gordon jumps into Miramax role | publisher=Variety | date=2004-09-08 | accessdate=2008-01-16 ] By January 2005, The Weinstein Company hired John Madden to direct the film based on a script by Hossein Amini. The following August, actors Diane Lane, Thomas Jane, and Mickey Rourke were cast into the lead roles of the film.cite news | author=Claude Brodesser | url=http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117928309.html?categoryid=1236&cs=1 | title=Weinsteins take a 'Shot' | publisher=Variety | date=2005-08-30 | accessdate=2008-01-16 ] In September, actors Rosario Dawson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Johnny Knoxville were cast into the film. [cite news | author=Michael Fleming | url=http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117929332.html?categoryId=1975&cs=1 | title=Double duty for Dawson | publisher=Variety | date=2005-09-19 | accessdate=2008-01-16 ] Actors Viggo Mortensen and Justin Timberlake were originally reported to have been up for the roles taken by Jane and Gordon-Levitt, respectively. Production began in October 2005 in the city of Toronto. Filming also took place in Cape Girardeau along the Mississippi River. [cite news | author= | title=Cape Girardeau to host filmmakers | publisher=The Commercial Appeal | date=2005-08-26 ] Production concluded by December 2006. [cite news | author=Roger Varley | title= Killshot being filmed in Richmond Hill | publisher=Richmond Hill Liberal | date=2005-11-01 ]

By July 2006, "Killshot" was being screened to test audiences who had previously enjoyed "Traffic" (2000) and "Collateral" (2004). [cite news | author=Stephen Galloway | url=http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/film/features/e3iE3Dfw3Y3Fg7AAUNae8P6Gw%3D%3D | title=Test screenings | publisher=The Hollywood Reporter | date=2006-07-25 | accessdate=2008-01-16 ] Test screenings showed that audiences thought that the plot was too confusing and that the story was not tightened enough. As a result, scenes involving Cape Girardeau and a subplot involving Johnny Knoxville's role as a deputy were edited from the film. [cite news | author=Deb Peterson | title=Movie fame eludes Cape, but 'river town' got money, fun | publisher=St. Louis Post-Dispatch | date=2007-05-30 ]

Release

"Killshot" was originally slated to be released on March 17 2006. [cite news | author=Susan Dunne | title=Winter Movies: A Mixed Bag | publisher=The Hartford Courant | date=2006-01-01 ] It then was delayed to October 20 2006. [cite news | author=Moira Macdonald | title=Films open, leaves drop: It must be fall | publisher=The Seattle Times | date=2006-09-17 ] It was reported on July 19 2008 that "Killshot" will be going straight to DVD. [ [http://marketsaw.blogspot.com/2008/07/exclusive-interview-with-thomas-jane.html MarketSaw - 3D Movies and Technology: Exclusive! Interview With Thomas Jane Director/Actor In "The Dark Country": New 3D Techniques! ] ] In early September 2008, the film was resurrected for November 7, 2008 but then pushed back to an unspecified 2009 release date. [release.http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=9783]

References

External links

*imdb title|id=0443559|title=Killshot
*amg title|id=1:327654|title=Killshot


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