The long-in-development adaptation of Vince Flynn’s American Assassin is finally coming our way soon. Today Lionsgate and CBS Films issued the first teaser trailer for the action thriller, which stars Dylan O’Brien and Michael Keaton. Check it out…
To be honest, this looks pretty generic. It looks like someone tossed The Accountant, Shooter, and the Bourne films into a blender and then strained out the more interesting elements. Hell, O’Brien even has a Wahlbergian hairdo going on here. That doesn’t mean it won’t be worthwhile in the end, but based on what I’m seeing, this film as “watch it when it hits the movie channels’ written all over it.
This marks the first adaptation of one of Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp novels. To date, the book series is 15 titles strong and were released from 1999 to 2016. All but the most recent two were penned by Flynn, who passed away in 2013. American Assassin is actually the 11th book published in the series, but the first Rapp tale chronologically. I have little doubt that Lionsgate is hoping for an on-going series here, along the lines of others like the Gerard Butler Has Fallen films and the John Wick movies. Here’s hoping American Assassin is worthy of such continuation when it arrives this fall.
American Assassin is an adaptation of the Vince Flynn novel by the same name. The picture is directed by Michael Cuesta (L.I.E., Tell-Tale), from a screenplay by Michael Finch, Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick, and Stephen Schiff. It is produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Aidan Elliott, Daniel M. Stillman, and Nick Wechster. The film stars Dylan O’Brien as ‘Mitch Rapp’, Michael Keaton as ‘Stan Hurley’, Taylor Kitsch as ‘Ghost’, Shiva Negar as ‘Annika’, Sanaa Lathan as ‘Deputy Director Irene Kennedy’, David Suchet as ‘Stansfield’, and Scott Adkins as ‘Victor’. Navid Negahban, Sydney White, Andrew Pleavin, Alaa Safi, Ronan Summers, Joseph Long, Yousef Sweid, and Trevor White also appear.
American Assassin arrives in theaters on September 15th, 2017.