‘Unknown’: Series Follow-Up to Liam Neeson Thriller On the Way

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Liam Neeson is attached as an executive producer of Unknown, a now-in-development series follow-up to his 2011 thriller of the same name.

The film saw Neeson playing a doctor who recovers from a car accident having lost his memory. He discovers that not only has his identity been stolen, he is also being hunted by mysterious assassins. As reported by Deadline, the potential series will be set after the events of the film and will be following “a new lead character that is thrust into a mind-bending adventure full of twists and turns.”

The series is set up at TNT and has Jaume Collet-Serra, the film’s helmer, attached to both direct and executive produce. Collet-Serra has been on an uphill trajectory since Unknown, his fourth feature and his first of two Neeson thrillers (they reunited for Neeson-on-a-plane flick Non-Stop). His high-profile next two features are both with Dwayne Johnson: Disney Jungle Cruise and DC film Black Adam.

Writing the pilot for the Unknown series is Sean Finegan (Free Fall), who will also be exec producing with showrunners Karl Gajdusek (Stranger Things) and Speed Weed (Arrow). Executive producers also include Ethan Erwin, Alex Mace and Hal Sadoff of Dark Castle, along with Erik Olsen (The Dirt) and Neeson.

This marks yet another film-spawned series for TNT; the American network also has Animal Kingdom and Snowpiercer.

Unknown, an adaptation of a 2003 French novel by author Didier Van Cauwelaert (Oliver Butcher and Stephen Cornwell wrote the adaptation), received mixed reviews but was quite the box office hit. Made for around $US30 million, the picture drew in over $US135 million worldwide. The film also starred Diane Kruger, January Jones, Aidan Quinn, Bruno Ganz, and Frank Langella.





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