According to The Playlist, Robert Pattinson has dropped out of Mission: Blacklist.
Robert Pattinson is having a hell of a year. The former “Twilight” star has two films appearing at Cannes 2014 – David Cronenberg’s “Maps To The Stars” and David Michod’s “The Rover” – his already-completed bucket list achievement includes working with Werner Herzog (“Queen of The Desert”), Anton Corbijn (“Life”)and his to-do list includes acting for auteurs like James Gray (“Lost City Of Z”), James Marsh (“Hold on to Me”) and director/actor Brady Corbet (“The Childhood of a Leader”).
But a busy plate often means something has to go by the wayside. So the Wrap is reporting that Pattinson has dropped out of the Saddam Hussein thriller “Mission: Blacklist.” A psychological thriller, the movie is a true story of military interrogator Eric Maddox on the hunt for the Iraqi leader, and the events that led him to uncover the wanted man in a spiderhole in Tikrit.
“Band Of Brothers” writer and producer Erik Jendresen wrote the script and Swedish filmmaker Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire still attached to direct. Having just wrapped Corbijn’s “Life” alongside Dane DeHaan, Pattinson apparently did not have sufficient time to prepare for the demanding role, so chose to drop out instead. That’s certainly a blog for Sauvaire’s project, but the project does sound pretty juicy so we assume a replacement may not be far behind. Pattinson, in the meantime, may just want a well-deserved rest.
The Rover, Life, Maps to the Stars, Queen of the Desert, The Childhood of a Leader and Mission: Blacklist will be presented at the EFM, part of the Berlinale, which started yesterday and will continue until February 16.
The Rover is being named as ‘Upcoming’ and probably won’t be screened at the EFM.
Life is in the process of being financed according to the brochure, which you can find HERE
ETA: Maddox mentioned Rob and ‘Mission: Blacklist’ in another interview with KGOU. You can listen the audio at the source, he talks about Rob at 13:25.
Here’s a transcript of what he says:
GRILLOT: So I have to mention here, as we’re finishing up, your book Mission: Blacklist is going to be made into a film. Robert Pattinson’s been cast to play you in your movie. How do you feel about that? What are we going to learn? What are we going to see in this film?
MADDOX: I’m very excited about it. The one thing I’ve asked is that the movie be as real as possible. And working with Rob, that’s the one thing he insists on. He always asks me, ‘Is this real? Did this happen?’ So it’s exciting. We’ll see.
The Swedish invasion into Hollywood continues. Jesper Ganslandt has been tapped to direct Robert Pattinson in the psychological thriller Mission: Blacklist, about a brilliant young military interrogator who spearheads the capture of Saddam Hussein. Pic is based on the life of soldier-turned-intelligence agent Eric Maddox, who funneled his experiences into the 2008 nonfic book Mission: Black List #1 – The Inside Story of the Search for Saddam Hussein – As Told by the Soldier Who Masterminded His Capture. The Code Entertainment project was first announced last year in Cannes back when Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire was set to direct. Following Sauvaire’s departure Ganslandt stepped in and will make his English-language debut after directing three features, Blondie, The Ape, and Falkenberg Farewell, in his native Sweden. Filming is scheduled for the fall.
The script is by Band of Brothers scribe Erik Jendressen, Dylan Kussman, and Trace Sheehan. Ross M. Dinerstein of Preferred Content is producing alongside Jendressen and Kevin Waller, with Code Entertainment producing and financing the project. Jesper is repped by Paradigm and Magnolia.
ETA:@Blacklist_blog obtained a list from the California Film Comission of productions approved under the Tax Incentive Program. ‘Mission: Blacklist’ is listed with a start of photography date for September 30, 2013.
Mission: Blacklist is approved under the Tax Incentive Program and its start of photography date is September 30, 2013.
Under this program, the production must film either 75% of its days in California, or spend 70% of its production budget in California.
We were having a discussion this morning regarding Rob’s upcoming movies and the ones we wanted to see the most. So we decided to ask you guys which movie you’re most looking forward to seeing. Feel free to to tell us why in the comments! We love reading what you guys have to say.
Missionblacklistfrance got the chance to interview the screenwriter for Misson: Blacklist‘s – Dylan Kussman. Here are the parts in which he mentions Rob and the movie.
Tell us about your work for Mission: Blacklist and how you ended up being a part of this project?
“I became involved with Mission: Blacklist when head writer and Executive Producer Erik Jendresen contacted me about contributing to the project. At the time, he and his co-writer Trace Sheehan were deeply immersed in adapting Staff Sergeant Maddox’s book, Mission: Black List #1, and were looking for an additional voice to help flesh out the main character and structure his remarkable story as a movie. It was an honor to be asked to collaborate with two such accomplished and well-respected writers, on a story with such an incredible pedigree, and I accepted without a moment’s hesitation.”