'John Wick' Style Revenge Thriller, PEPPERMINT, Lands At Lionsgate

After snagging S. Craig Zahler's Gibson/Vaughn headliner, Dragged Across Concrete, Lionsgate has reportedly snared itself the worldwide rights to Lakeshore Entertainment's forthcoming revenge thriller, Peppermint. Pierre Morel is directing the film following his attachment to the project on May 3, and from a script by Chad St. John.
When her husband and daughter are gunned down in a drive-by, the heroine wakes up from a coma and spends years learning to become a lethal killing machine. On the 10th anniversary of her family’s death, she targets everyone she holds responsible, the gang that committed the act, the lawyers that got them off, and the corrupt cops that enabled the murderous incidents.
Production is being fast-tracked for the Fall riding a wave of buzz for the film's liking to that of John Wick, something which is becoming more and more prolific these days for action titles. Time will tell if Morel's handling will live up to the hype seeing as how John Wick's was a film made primarily by filmmakers with notable stunt and second unit backgrounds; it should be able to hold up considering his own work on films like Taken and Banlieue 13, both of which are hits.

Lakeshore's Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, Richard Wright and Eric Reid are producing the film with Sentient Entertainment's Renee Tab and Chris Tuffin executive producing. (Deadline)


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