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John Moore Directing The Englishman
He's on for the action film

08 August 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Variety

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The last time he filmed the story of a man dealing with events spiralling out of control, director John Moore made A Good Day To Die Hard. But Africa-set action drama The Englishman promises to be something very different from Bruce Willis running around Russia kvetching at Russians.

Terminator 2’s William Wisher has adapted the script from former SAS soldier Will Scully’s book Once A Pilgrim: The True Story Of One Man’s Courage Under Rebel Fire. That's not an unauthorized biography of a TIE Fighter pilot but the story of Scully’s efforts to help the hopeless during a military coup in Sierra Leone.

Scully, along with his former regiment the “Pilgrims,” evacuated civilians as the conflict raged around him. “The Englishman is one of those rare stories, the details and circumstance of which are so bizarre and mesmerizing, it created a compulsion in us to tell it,” Moore says in a statement picked up by Variety.

There’s certainly scope for a good drama here, though we worry about comparisons to such valiant yet vaguely unsatisfying stories like Machine Gun Preacher. Foresight Unlimited and Envision Entertainment are drumming up the cash to get the film made, a fact that should be helped once the companies and their anointed filmmaker start lining up a cast.


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Fact Check Time
Did the Pilgrims really help out Will Scully. He was retired, working in a Diamond Mine when the revolution happened and he ended up at Mama Yoko hotel by chance. He fought with what he could find and carry and used his experience until our Marines arrived with the Expeditionary Force to finish the Evacuation. The book doesn't go into detail about the ending where its possible the SAS arrived! So I have read this book for obvious reasons. Sparta! More

Posted by darragh.scully at 01:20 on 13 February 2014 | Report This Post

John 'No' Moore
How does this guy keep getting jobs? He's already taken a giant shit on the Die Hard franchise and ruined any chance of future Max Payne movies. Not to mention dire remakes of The Omen/ Flight of the Phoenix......Behind Enemy Lines was mmm. This movie sounds like Jason Statham all the way.........just loose the director! More

Posted by NELLY77 at 11:55 on 09 August 2013 | Report This Post

Yeah, sorry John but you haven't made a good film yet.. you seem like a nice bloke but maybe a career change is in order More

Posted by chris wootton at 09:39 on 09 August 2013 | Report This Post

You lost me at John Moore. More

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