The film will be competing with an already packed fall box office.
If summer is the season of big budget superhero flicks, then fall is when Hollywood unleashes the gritty, “realistic” action movies – case in point: the new trailer for Prisoners. The Hugh Jackman starrer will center on a father, whose daughter gets kidnapped and who turns to detective Loki (no relation to the Marvel villain,) played by Jake Gyllenhaal. There’s also the creepy suspect, played by Paul Dano, Unfortunately, Loki doesn’t have any evidence to take him down, forcing Jackman’s character to take matters into his own hands. Isn’t that how it always goes?
All of it sounds vaguely like the plot of the original Taken, but then again, kidnapping thrillers can sell really well, if the Taken franchise is anything to go by. In related news, Liam Neeson was announced for Taken 3 this week, having signed a $20 million contract with 20th Century Fox. Obviously, there's a lot of money to go around in the genre.
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It’s shaping up to be a busy fall season however, with Prisoners, the Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone starrer Escape Plan and fantasy flicks The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Thor: The Dark World, all scheduled for release within weeks of each other. Well, at least there will be something to look forward to, even after the end of the usual blockbuster season.
Gyllenhaal steps in as the dedicated, if not very efficient, detective Loki.