Heroic Hollywood can exclusively reveal a behind the scenes featurette for the upcoming action thriller American Assassin starring Dylan O’Brien and Michael Keaton from director Michael Cuesta (Homeland, 12 and Holding).
American Assassin is an adaptation of the novel of the same name from #1 New York Times bestselling author Vince Flynn. Before he passed away from prostate cancer in 2013, Flynn wrote a series of 15 novels featuring the character of Mitch Rapp, who’s played by O’Brien in the upcoming movie. While American Assassin was the eleventh entry in the series, the novel introduces the young Mitch Rapp on the mission of vengeance that led him to become a CIA superagent.
In this behind the scenes featurette, Flynn takes you inside the creation of Mitch Rapp as an American hero who mimics reality for a post-9/11 world. Cuesta and Flynn highlight the importance of realism when bringing to life the world of espionage on the silver screen, while O’Brien emphasizes the different aspects of his character that blend together to form the perfect assassin.
You can check out the behind the scenes featurette below.
The film stars Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton, Taylor Kitsch, Sanaa Lathan, Shiva Negar, and Navid Negahban. Here’s the official synopsis:
“American Assassin” follows the rise of Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien) a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton). The pair is then enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan) to investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on both military and civilian targets. Together the three discover a pattern in the violence leading them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent (Shiva Negar) to stop a mysterious operative (Taylor Kitsch) intent on starting a World War in the Middle East.
American Assassin hits theaters September 15, 2017.
10 Book-To-Film Adaptations That Succeeded (And 15 That Failed)
As tomorrow’s big Netflix release, the second go-around at adapting A Series of Unfortunate Events, proves, adaptations of beloved source material are not easy to make.
Books and film, like all arts, have a special relationship. The turn of the century saw a massive increase in adaptations of epic fantasy and science-fiction, particularly for the coveted youth market, thanks mostly to two big franchises – Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. Both legitimized fantasy as big-budget spectacle and prestige entertainment, when done with care. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and the years since are littered with attempts at replicating the magic of those films, including the original Unfortunate Events movie, which is first up on our list (as an ambitious-but-flawed failure).
Now, in the age of Peak TV, adapting these massive sagas are possible on television too. The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones both kicked open doors to imitators in the same ways Potter and Rings did, in terms of scope and budget. Shows like MTV’s Shannara and Hulu’s upcoming The Handmaid’s Tale, both based on famous books, draw directly from this trend. It’s also given second life to properties that didn’t work as features, such as Unfortunate Events.
For this article, I focused on the biggest in YA and children’s literature, in honor of Unfortunate Events return to screens (I’ll be recapping a “book” aka two episodes a day starting tomorrow morning!), while focusing on the criteria to rank them by. When it comes to judging these stories – some classics, some decidedly not – I kept in mind whether the films a) received a sequel b) made money at the box-office and c) were critically acclaimed.
- Honorary success mentions: Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, Stardust, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
- Honorary failure mentions: Bridge to Terabithia, Charlotte’s Web, The Host
Click Next to scroll through all the failures and successes.