Robert Pattinson Mission: Blacklist movie: Filming in August?
Mission: Blacklist is not the upcoming fifth installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise starring Tom Cruise. For the time being, that's concisely called Mission: Impossible 5. So, what's Mission: Blacklist? Well, as every ardent Robert Pattinson fan will tell you, that's a Pattinson movie project initially announced in early May 2012. Pattinson is attached to this Embankment Films-financed (or to-be-financed) production based on Eric Maddox and Davin Seay's book Mission: Black List #1 - The Inside Story of the Search for Saddam Hussein - As Told by the Soldier Who Masterminded His Capture.
The title of Maddox and Seay's book says it all. But just in case, here's the brief Mission: Blacklist synopsis found on the Embankment Films website:
Unlike other Interrogators fresh out of training, Eric Maddox (Robert Pattinson) has a brilliant and beautiful mind. He has a unique ability to decipher highly complex patterns from seemingly random events.
Mission: Blacklist filmmakers: Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire unlisted?
To date, Robert Pattinson is the only announced Mission: Blacklist cast member. As initially reported on the film's fansites (listed at the bottom of this post), director Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire (Johnny Mad Dog) is no longer listed in the “film makers” section – whether due to a glitch or some other reason (I've contacted Embankment Films). However, screenwriters Erik Jendressen (Band of Brothers), Dylan Kussman (X2, Leatherheads) and Trace Sheehan (Grace & Mercy / The Bounceback) remain there. [Addendum: On his Twitter account, responding to an inquiry about Sauvaire's disappearance from the Mission: Blacklist credits, Dylan Kussman replied: “Good eye, and a safe assumption.”]
The listed Mission: Blacklist producers are Ross M. Dinerstein, Kevin Waller, Al Corley, and Bart Rosenblatt. Jonathan Dana and Eugene Musso are the movie's executive producers.
According to Embankment Films, the Mission: Blacklist production status is as follows: Pre-production in summer 2013; shooting in late summer 2013; ready for release in summer 2014. Needless to say, “ready for release” or “delivery” doesn't mean that Mission: Blacklist will come out in summer 2014; it just means it'll be ready then – in case any distributors are interested.
Not long ago, an August filming date for Mission: Blacklist was announced on a local Oklahoma newscast following an interview with Eric Maddox, who, by the way, asserts he never used torture while working as an interrogator for the U.S. military. Also of note, Maddox is a devout Christian – “My faith plays an absolute role in every single thing I do” – who has said he doesn't “believe in vampire movies and stories” and “just didn't know” who Robert Pattinson was prior to Pattinson's involvement on Mission: Blacklist.
Mission: Blacklist and Robert Pattinson's busy schedule
Back to Mission: Blacklist's purported filming date: If shooting will commence in August, how can Werner Herzog's Queen of the Desert, in which Robert Pattinson is to star opposite Naomi Watts and James Franco, start shooting in Morocco in September? Division Films, a Queen of the Desert co-producing entity, tweeted about the September filming date a few weeks ago. Queen of the Desert initially had a late 2012 shooting schedule, later postponed to March 2013. In this Gertrude Bell biopic, Pattinson is to play T.E. Lawrence a.k.a. Lawrence of Arabia.
And that's not all. David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars, to feature Robert Pattinson, Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Mia Wasikowska, Olivia Williams, Sarah Gadon, and Evan Bird is to begin filming in July in Los Angeles and Toronto.
In sum, some dramatic rearranging of shooting schedules will have to be effected. Else, Pattinson will in all probability have to drop out of at least one of those projects.
Embankment Films summer projects
In case all the Embankment Films projects pan out, the newly founded indie financing company will be quite busy this summer. Besides Robert Pattinson's Mission: Blacklist, other Embankment projects due to start pre-production in the coming summer months are The Kidnapping of Freddy Heineken, to star Anthony Hopkins and to be directed by Daniel Alfredson; Pressure, with Ron Scalpello at the helm; Sleeping Dogs, to be directed by Erica Beeney; and Birdsong, to star Nicholas Hoult under the direction of Rupert Wyatt.
Robert Pattinson in The Rover
Also announced last year, at the same time as Mission: Blacklist, was another Robert Pattinson movie project, The Rover. Directed by Animal Kingdom's David Michôd and co-starring Guy Pearce, The Rover was shot in Australia earlier this year. The film has no official release date as yet, though a late 2013 launch is a possibility.
Robert Pattinson 2012 movies
Robert Pattinson was seen in three 2012 releases: Nick Ormerod and Declan Donnellan's Bel Ami, which had been actually shot in 2010; David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis, which received mixed notices in the U.S. – though Pattinson himself was not infrequently singled out for praise; and Bill Condon's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, the last installment in the Twilight franchise co-starring Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner.
Mission: Blacklist poster featuring Robert Pattinson's eyes: Embankment Films.
Eric Maddox quotes re: Robert Pattinson, his Christianity: OUDaily.com.
Mission: Blacklist / Robert Pattinson fansites and Twitter accounts: @blacklist_blog, mapstothestars-film.com, missionblacklistfilm.com.
In recent years, Robert Pattinson has bravely made a concerted effort to distance himself from his Edward Cullen persona – that of the Twilight Saga's sparkling vampire that made him world famous as a member of a(n insufferable) love triangle also featuring Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner. Writer-director David Michôd's thriller The Rover, co-starring Guy Pearce, is Pattinson's latest attempt to play a character radically different from Edward. (Image: The Rover Robert Pattinson, far from Edward Cullen but uncomfortably close to Guy Pearce.)
Currently filming in Australia and set in the near future following worldwide financial collapse (unclear if caused by the recent controversial Cyprus bailout non-deal), The Rover features Robert Pattinson as a kind-hearted Australian Outback gang member. Guy Pearce, who had previously roamed the Australian Outback in high heels and outlandish costumes as one of the flaming drag queens in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, plays a man who goes off the deep end after Pattinson's gang steals his car.
As David Michôd, whose previous effort was the acclaimed Animal Kingdom, told EW.com, The Rover's “basic story is really quite elemental. You've got a really dark, dangerous, murderous person in Guy's character, and in Rob's character you have a quite troubled and damaged, but beautiful and naïve, soul.”
Michôd adds that, in regard to another thriller involving gangs, cars, and the Australian Outback, George Miller / Mel Gibson's trash classic Mad Max, “I think The Rover is going to be way more chillingly authentic and menacing.” Well, if the Robert Pattinson / Guy Pearce picture above is any indication, Michôd may have a point.
Based on a story by Michôd and Joel Edgerton (soon to be seen opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan in The Great Gatsby), besides Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce The Rover features Killing Them Softly's Scoot McNairy as Pattinson's brother, Nash Edgerton (Joel's brother), Samuel F. Lee, Anthony Hayes, and David Field.
Robert Pattinson: Far from Edward Cullen
Prior to The Rover's “beautiful and naïve” gang member Reynolds, Robert Pattinson's un-Edward characters included the troubled youth romancing Emilie de Ravin in Allen Coulter's Remember Me, the ambitious ex-soldier Georges Duroy in Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod's (in my humble opinion vastly underrated) Bel Ami, the arrogant New York City billionaire Eric Packer bent on getting a haircut in David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis, and the more audience-friendly ex-veterinary student who romances Reese Witherspoon's circus performer in Francis Lawrence's Water for Elephants. (Pattinson also played a gay Salvador Dalí in Paul Morrison's Little Ashes, but that was before he reached stardom.)
Of those, Cosmopolis was the best received internationally – though the film had its many detractors as well – while Water for Elephants was the only non-Twilight Pattinson effort that wasn't a box office disappointment (or downright bomb), grossing a respectable $117.09 million worldwide. (See also: “Reporting Facts = Anti-Robert Pattinson bias?”)
If all goes well, next for Robert Pattinson are Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire's anti-Zero Dark Thirty-ish (as in, no torture) Hunt for Saddam Hussein drama Mission: Blacklist; James Marsh's thriller Hold on to Me, opposite Carey Mulligan; Werner Herzog's Queen of the Desert, in which Pattinson is to play T.E. Lawrence (Peter O'Toole in David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia), opposite Naomi Watts and Jude Law; and another David Cronenberg effort, Maps to the Stars, which was to have co-starred Viggo Mortensen and Rachel Weisz, though things seem to be up in the air now.
For the record, Robert Pattinson's five appearances as the likable – if way underused – Edward Cullen were in Catherine Hardwicke's Twilight, Chris Weitz's New Moon, David Slade's Eclipse, and Bill Condon's Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and Breaking Dawn - Part 2.
The Rover Robert Pattinson, Guy Pearce photo: Matt Nettheim / Porchlight Films / Lava Bear Films / Screen Australia, via EW.com.