When Warner Bros acquired Harker in February 2011, the director attached was Unknown‘s Jaume Collet-Serra. But the studio asked Collet-Serra to oversee Akira until the film based on the anime classic was shelved for cost reasons. Now Collet-Serra is one busy Spaniard and among other projects helming another Joel Silver film with Liam Neeson, Nonstop. But the studio wants to fast-track Harker and has just gone to Roth. Crowe had been in talks since early this year but wasn’t going to be available for some time because of Les Miserables and other films. The hope is to get Harker underway next year.
Harker will be produced by Appian Way (which produced Collet-Serra’s last directorial outing Orphan with Joel Silver’s Dark Castle) and its partners Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran. Making this even cozier, Shipman and McGreevy wrote and are executive producing the Netflix TV project Hemlock Grove which Eli Roth is directing and exec-producing.
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