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Hugh Jackman Is Taking PRISONERS!!

The Kidd here...

Don't panic. This isn't going to get in the way of THE WOLVERINE, which is set to start shooting first, but Hugh Jackman has lined up his next project, agreeing to star in PRISONERS for Alcon Entertainment.

Directed by Denis Villeneuve (INCENDIES), Jackman is set to take the law into his own hands after his young daughter and best friend are kidnapped and the police aren't able to find them. He thinks he finds the man responsible and kidnaps him, but, as things go further, he starts to question whether or not he even has the right guy. 

Jackman as a small-town carpenter...? Okay, I guess I can see it, but, for some reason, this feels like a mix of a number of different movies we've seen in recent years.



-Billy Donnelly

"The Infamous Billy The Kidd"

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  • March 16, 2012, 1:29 p.m. CST

    sounds pretty derivative

    by electraglide

  • March 16, 2012, 1:30 p.m. CST

    is it compulsory to write first?

    by electraglide

    Or have I broken a golden rule?!

  • March 16, 2012, 1:32 p.m. CST

    I think Hugh Jackman would make a great carpenter no matter where he is.

    by ChiefChirpa3000

  • March 16, 2012, 1:33 p.m. CST


    by SatansPenis

  • March 16, 2012, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Does he threaten the kidnappers..

    by Quackfu

    I don't have a lot of money. What I do have is a particular set of skills. Skills that will allow me to hang a door or overcharge you when I build your deck....

  • March 16, 2012, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Good script

    by Collin Armstrong

    It's a lot darker than Taken, etc - which it *does* resemble in some ways. If they actually follow through with some of the shit that goes down, this is an interesting role for a big actor like Jackman to take on. His character certainly does some things that cast him in an unsympathetic light.

  • March 16, 2012, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Hope you guys liked Taken...

    by Ribbons

    ...because you'll be seeing a lot of it for the next 5 years. This at least sounds like it has a few interesting twists thrown in, though.

  • March 16, 2012, 1:38 p.m. CST

    You've been LEVELED

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    I've been FRAMED HANG around I'm the KING STUD Ummm... rug munchers Arnie really should have gotten this role.

  • March 16, 2012, 1:40 p.m. CST

    I am not a number! I am a Free Man!!!

    by StarWarsRedux

    Oh wait. This is something else. <p> <p>Be seeing you.

  • March 16, 2012, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Yes, good script

    by Edward Forster

    For goodness sake, don't feel forced to comment if you have to say just bull*sh*it...Prisoners script is excellent, Denis Villeneuve has first class credentials, Jackman could play anything, given the talent he has, so wait the movie is filmed in the year 2013 first to pan something that actually has not yet been filmed.

  • March 16, 2012, 1:49 p.m. CST

    it's derivitive but always a good thriller premise...


    i can't say i've ever seen a bad one along these lines. it feeds very well to the male/father protector gene we all have, when it's not locked in the basement eating doritos and trolling messageboards. it's pretty much what we were born to do, and always worry about. plus, with the economic and social collapses going on, expect a lot more

  • March 16, 2012, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Sounds like a PG-13-friendly remake of '7 Days'.

    by buggerbugger

    With the torture replaced with carpentry.

  • March 16, 2012, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Scratchmonkey - *definitely* not PG-13

    by Collin Armstrong

    ... if they stick to the script, which I hope they do.

  • March 16, 2012, 2 p.m. CST

    KNOCK ON WOOD.....


    HAMMERED.. JOIST.. BALL PEEN.. DOVETAIL.. KNOTTY PINE.. NAILED.. all of these could either be action flicks about a vengeful carpenter, or gay porn titles. either way, how much you bet the final vengeance will involve his carpentry skills (to build a coffn) or tools to bloody a body....or both. but i guess i could read the script- where are you guys finding it?

  • March 16, 2012, 2:10 p.m. CST


    by buggerbugger

    Tell me that his carpentry skills come in useful at some point. Does he build a makeshift gallows or a wooden 'Burn After Reading' dildo-chair?

  • March 16, 2012, 2:12 p.m. CST

    zombot - search "prisoners script pdf"

    by Collin Armstrong

    It ought to still turn up. How I found it a few months back.

  • March 16, 2012, 2:28 p.m. CST

    TAKEN 3 then yeah hugh

    by regan

    I'm Hugh Jackman and i wanna kick ass like liam and fight foreign dudes. just do a little re-write nobody will care cause I'm Hugh (dancing queen) Jackman

  • March 16, 2012, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Taken Abiding Citizen

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • March 16, 2012, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Does he use his claws for carpentry?

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    And I buy him being a carpenter more than a lumberjack.

  • March 16, 2012, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Measure twice, cut once

    by Fred

  • March 16, 2012, 3:56 p.m. CST

    But there's just one thing they didn't count on…..the carpenter!

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    You're building code has been revoked.

  • I was hoping that robot would malfunction and beat up that fucking kid then fist Evangerline like a jack hammer into a orgasmatron size jizzfest!!!! Might of made more money.

  • March 16, 2012, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Obviously a thinly veiled biopic of Harrison Fords early years...

    by steve lee

  • March 16, 2012, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Don't Panic? Does anyone care enough about Wolverine to panic?

    by matthooper8

    Is that movie actually even starting? I can't imagine anyone really caring about an on again off again on again sequel to a terrible movie.

  • March 16, 2012, 6:33 p.m. CST

    fred, you just wrote the poster tagline

    by 3D-Man

    Well done, sir.

  • I believe it

  • March 17, 2012, 1:20 a.m. CST

    Why isnt he just playing Wolverine in EVERYTHING?!?!?!?

    by Jobacca

    He needs to just start randomly showing up in ALL the Marvel comic-book movies the way he did FIRST CLASS. I want to see another Wolverine movie as well as cameos in Spider-Man and The Avengers. I dont care who has what rights....somebody make it happen!

  • March 17, 2012, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Michael Emerson should play the guy that Jackman kidnaps

    by SilentP

    Basically just play Ben from Lost s2 again. I'd see it.

  • March 17, 2012, 10:24 a.m. CST

    What the frick happened to Jackman's career?

    by Yelsaeb

    When'd it go into the toilet?

  • March 17, 2012, 2:08 p.m. CST


    by Orbots Commander

    Sometime around the last Wolverine movie and Real Steel. His main fault is, basically: no script is too awful for him to pass up. With his star power, I'm surprised he doesn't insist on getting the more prestige projects that Daniel Craig is, for example, aside from Bond.

  • March 17, 2012, 2:09 p.m. CST

    If I were Jackman or his agent....

    by Orbots Commander

    ...I'd call up Chris Nolan, Spielberg and Ridley Scott, and offer to work at a reduced rate in one of their passion projects.