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De Niro and Gibson in Edge of Darkness

MelGibson.jpgRobert De Niro and Mel Gibson, now that sounds like a good on screen combination that doesn't rely on the usual usual pairings of talent. What's more is that they are starring in the adaptation of the successful British television miniseries Edge of Darkness.

What's more is that William Monahan wrote the adaptation, the man who successfully adapted Infernal Affairs to The Departed (Filmstalker review), and the film will be directed by Martin Campbell.

The story will see Mel Gibson playing Thomas Craven who is a homicide detective for the Boston Police Department and a single father. One day his twenty-four year old daughter is murdered right outside his front door.

So he starts investigating the murder, assuming that he was the target, however it starts to seem that she was the intended target and he discovers that his daughter led a secret life behind his back, and the murder reveals a corporate cover-up that stretches as far as the government.

Robert De Niro will play an operative who is sent in to try and clean up the evidence and stop the investigation in its tracks.

Not only is the great writing talent of William Monahan on the film but Martin Campbell is directing, and he's not just known for Casino Royale (Filmstalker review), oh no, he's also the director of the original BBC miniseries. Interestingly Campbell is also set to direct 36, the remake of the excellent 36 Quai des Orfèvres (Filmstalker review), as well as The Birds remake!

Oh, and if anyone is worried about that Screen Actors Guild strike that has never happened yet and just keeps getting threatened, well Variety tells us that the film has received a special note from SAG to say they won't strike on the film...if they're going to strike on any!

This film sounds a powerful one from the go get, after all Edge of Darkness was a fantastic series and with the original director and a cracking writer on board this adaptation could deliver a big punch. Then Gibson and De Niro? Sounds cracking to me.



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